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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Address: 60 Hussey Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-359 6226
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
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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I recently took my wife and some to Wilowbank. We did the full experience with guided tour and a Maori show with a dinner. My son loved the wallaby's and kea. Seeing a Kiwi... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Napa ca
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Napa ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I recently took my wife and some to Wilowbank. We did the full experience with guided tour and a Maori show with a dinner. My son loved the wallaby's and kea. Seeing a Kiwi bird up close was also very cool. They are much bigger than I thought. The Maori show "Kotane" was really awesome. Getting to see the face... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A really well done attraction. From hand feeding the eels, sitting inside the Lemur enclosure and a fantastic Kiwi house are amongst the great things to do and see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent a great morning exploring Willowbank with Miss 3, Master 2 and Master 1. The eels and wallabies were a hit, but the farmyard was the favourite. We are leaving the birds for next time. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed morning tea in the cafeteria before leaving and each child went home with a little... More 

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Thank Angie C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The zoo in itself is well thought of. Come to this place if you're into birds or farm animals. Over here, you can have a much more interactive time with the animals and with only 3 bucks for a bag of feed, the whole experience becomes much more exciting and hands on. Great place for people who want to interact... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to access everything, great for little kids and friendly, informative staff. Was cold and a bit wet at times, but the animals still came out for a visit. Recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kotane, The Maori Experience was a wonderful experience. This opportunity is at Willowbank. We did the full Reserve Entry, guided tour, Performance and the Hangi meal. It was lovely to see all of NZ beautiful birds and wildlife in their natural environment and how the natives lived amongst them. We encountered some geese who didn't want us to pass on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had fun learning about the native birds and the kia and kiwi specifically. It was a dreary, cold, rainy day in winter and we should have dressed more appropriately. The Reserve is more like a cross between a zoo and a farm. Was surprised by the high entry fee.

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Thank Cena B
Southland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went last Wednesday, we spent the morning there, it was really awesome walking through the natural environment.It was so natural & relaxing. The kiwi enclosure, was so natural, with no glass.

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Thank Choc_28lover
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best wildlife parks to date.The attractions were fun and educational.One particular attraction was the eels.You could hand feed them and they would splash and fight for the food.My children had a great time feeding them.One aspect that I enjoy is that it takes merely 45-60minutes to cover to park and fully appreciate it.That left my family with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for the young ones where they get to have a close up interactions with the animals and the outdoors. The kiwi experience is good but you got to have some patience (and luck!) otherwise you may miss the little bird altogether!

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