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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Address: 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-359 6226
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea,...

See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea, Tuatara and other native icons. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also home to introduced and exotic breeds. Make your own way around the park and animals will eat right out of your hand. Willowbank is open from 9.30Am daily - kiwis are able to be viewed from 10.30Am until close.

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Great variety of local animals

Although the entry fee can seem a little pricey, we easily spent 2 hours here wandering around looking at all the local animals. This is not a zoo, but has a great range of local... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although the entry fee can seem a little pricey, we easily spent 2 hours here wandering around looking at all the local animals. This is not a zoo, but has a great range of local and introduced animals. The best part is you can buy food, bird food, farmyard food or eel food and hand-feed some of the animals. A... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for a guided tour in the reserve. Our tour guide was really friendly and gave us great explanations of the wildlife found in the reserve. We were also able to see a diverse range animals such as the Kea, pigs and kiwi and many other native birdlife. They also put an emphasis on wildlife and environmental conservation, serving... More 

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Brevard, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Two seventy-somethings spent a wonderful afternoon here. The grounds are nice, the animals great and - best of all, we saw live kiwis. So cool!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

i think this was really cool to see some wildlife, and if you do like this i would recommend Orana park.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 17 days in south land , I didn't plan anything for Christchurch originally , because of the earthquake, we have to cancel our trip to Kaikoura due to the damage of the road and building . We got to spent our last 2 days in Christchurch! Willowbank is one of our point of interest because we never spot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an absolutely great trip through Canterbury Leisure Tours again had Sue as our driver host. By previous arrangement to suit our limited time in Christchurch we were dropped at WillowBank Kotane for cultural night including hangi buffet after another Canterbury Leisure Tour day activity, very accomodating and going the extra mile to please us the customer. We arrived... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited several kiwi preserves, but this was definitely the best experience. All the others had glass between the visitor and the birds. Because the kiwi are nocturnal their enclosures are only illuminated with red light, which glares against the glass and makes viewing difficult. Willowbank does not use glass, so the viewing experience is exceptional. But please don't take... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spent a couple of hours walking at a relaxed pace around this park. It is well set up (one way loop through the park) and there was a good selection of animals to see. We also got to see a kiwi in their dark enclosure. Generally the animals seemed happy and healthy and their enclosures clean... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

daughter loves the Kea...so had a great time with them - one is a bit more vicious than others. Great place to take overseas visitors as get to see Kiwi and Kea.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been gone to the Willowbank on 22 June 2016, it is the thirteenth day of my NewZealand trip. There are many kinds of animal I have not seen it before. It is interested that there is a kind of horse call pet horse, it is a baby size horse and will not growing anymore, I was took a... More 

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