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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry
From $22.67*
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry
From $22.67*
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“nocturnal house”(24 reviews)
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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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Reviewed yesterday

We came here as we were bored in Christchurch and thought it would be some small size petting zoo with a couple of kiwis. It very much wasn't! It just keeps going and there are so many animals and exhibits to see. I was also...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ls4aj
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hadn’t visited since I was a child. Spent nearly half a day and really enjoyed it. Service buying the tickets was very friendly . We had lunch which was very good with the service excellent again. We liked watching the deer from the window of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sharpei72
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an ideal place to take very young children. A well maintained loop that gives you access to a range of birds and farm animals. For the tourist, you also get access to some of the rarer NZ birds.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank michaelaF7144OB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While on our way to the airport we decided that we just couldn’t leave beautiful NZ without seeing a kiwi bird. We really only had time to see the kiwi exhibit so made our way to the end of the park just to see the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AWTYblogger
Reviewed 1 week ago

Young children absolutely love this place where they can get up close to a large variety of animals and hand feed the farmyard ones. I visited with my 2 toddlers who were constantly delighted as we enjoyed a relaxing walk around the park. The animals...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mitchkirkland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take an enjoyable tour of this private wildlife sanctuary, where you might see Kiwi in a simulation of their natural habitat. Lot's of birds to see and a herd of deer adjacent to the casual restaurant on site.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Edmundo_de_ABQ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazninf conservation park! With kiwis in their natural habitat and lots of my favourite birds, the Kea ! All well looked after !

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jameskiki117
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An exceptional day out with 2 preschoolers. During holidays free magic show on offer, great little donkey rides and the facilities are in top notch condition. A must see for children

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MACS77B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited a friend in Christchurch and she suggested taking our kids here for a visit. It was lovely! It's not quite a zoo - it's more like a park with lots of birds and other animals wandering about. We fed some of the farm...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lisamarie1138
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my youngest son, who loves all animals. He enjoyed feeding the farm animals and reading about all the animals. We brought bird and animal food and took our time with each animal. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Donkey rides for smaller children at extra cost....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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November 11, 2018|
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Response from WilsonFamilyNz | Reviewed this property |
Usually mid morning
May 16, 2017|
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Response from WillowbankWildlife | Property representative |
Willowbank is a Wildlife Reserve so is outdoors but is relatively sheltered. Kiwi viewing is still guaranteed as the are in a Nocturnal House.
May 16, 2017|
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Response from clarke_1985 | Reviewed this property |
It rained when we were there, supplied with umbrella, saw all the animals and had a great time!
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Singapore, Singapore
Itinerary recommendation (14 Replies)
Hello My husband and I are first-time visitors to NZ and we will be in Nov this year. Here's our initial itinerary, hope you guys can provide some advice. We are not great at driving, hence we are expecting the drives to take slightly longer than usual. We are more than happy to omit some places if everything looks rushed. Day 1: Arrive in Auckland airport, visit Waitomo glow caves after checking in Day 2: Sightseeing in Auckland, depart for evening flight to CHC Day 3: Visit...More
August 05, 2018|
Response fromQTN25|
Don't drive anywhere on day 1, you will be tired and a hazard to yourself and other road users. I'm not sure I'd drive all the way to Dunedin, you have no time to look around, explore the Otago Peninsula etc. I'd be inclined to drop this and use this for a rest day in Auckland. You need to swap days 9&10 around as there's no point in driving from Queenstown to Wanaka and then backtracking to Arrowtown. Where are you staying on day 11? Is F&E free and easy? No Milford Sound? Have you...More
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Return Visit NZ South Island - Need help with itinerary (8 Replies)
We visited New Zealand south island in November 2007 and had such a wonderful time we have decided to return in October 2008 to see all the beautiful places we missed on our first trip. We holidayed for 10 days and travelled by hire car from Christchurch to Queenstown then onto Te Anau and back to Christchurch. We visited Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, Te Anau Glowworm Caves, TranzAlpine Train (return from Christchurch), Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the Antarctic Centre, steamboat trip...More
March 01, 2008|
Response fromzhuhai2007|
Common sense will tell you this is unrealistic as you have 12 destinations - mostly quite far apart and only 10 days!! You really need to limit yourselves to half the island - North of Chc or South. What are your interests? Going north you could visit Hanmer Springs; Lewis Pass to Nelson (stay at least 3 nights, with a day trip in Abel Tasman NP); Blenheim (and Picton perhaps); Kaikoura, Chch, Akaroa; back to Chch. Going West/South you could take Arthurs Pass; Franz Josef Glacier (2...More
13 day (crazy?) Itinerary (5 Replies)
My family and I will be going to New Zealand in December for 13 days. We came up with this itinerary and would like to know if it is will be miserable to do this much in the time that we have (or dont have). I would like to add that the designated driver will not be participating in most of the physically taxing activities. Specifically we are not sure about December 22 and 23rd: We would like to do the Lost World tour that starts at 10:30am so would you suggest gunning it to Waitomo on...More
September 05, 2012|
Response fromWLnz|
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