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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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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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“nocturnal house” (22 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I had not been here for about 30 years & was very pleasantly surprised at the improvements & upgrades. I spent about 1 1/2 hours walking through & looking at all the displays. If one is interested in wildlife then one should do "Willowbank" in...More

Thank Gerald B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit and learn more about NZ fauna, with the plus that you can stay for the Maori show. Totally recomend the place. The kiwi nocturnal house, is great !

Thank abannisterhepp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I caught the bus to Willowbank and had planned to stay for a couple of hours. It was really worthwhile! Spent about 3 hours there since I had to return for the Keas, haha. There is a variety of animal species that seemed to be...More

Thank OkamiCaro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was better than we'd expected. An interesting mix of animals and birds, we even saw kiwis! Well laid out with nice walks and interesting sights.

Thank Christine N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The kiwi viewing is set up really well. There is no glass in their enclosures so we could hear them then see them. They were active and didn’t stay just at the back of their enclosures. They have lots of keas. They were very curious...More

Thank Andrea L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A well set out wildlife reserve featuring many different species with opportunities to feed the wildlife. Great for families of all ages with an interest in wildlife. The cafe offers a good range of hot, cold and sweet treats including gf options. Allow a good...More

Thank Sandra K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very well managed attraction. Child-friendly staff and animals! I was impressed with the cleanliness of the animals' quarters and the well maintained boardwalks and paths which meandered through trees and around thoughtfully landscaped streams and ponds. We had a two-year old with us and...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had our annual pass when our child was 2 and it was great having it!! Whenever we had nothing to do on the weekend, we visited here and feed the animals. All the animals are well fed (as you would expect) and well looked...More

Thank YUI387
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very well maintained wildlife reserve with a lot of different animals. lots of new zealand birds though out the reserve from kea, tui but the most remarkable of all is the kiwi. this is the best place to see a kiwi in new eland i...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Llamas with perms. Llamas with meth mouth. Lemurs doing yoga in the sun. Something for everyone! Don’t miss it. Spectacular kiwi experience.

Thank unclesheepskin
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17 May 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.
17 May 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!
14 November 2015|
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Response from WillowbankWildlife | Property representative |
HI - Half a day will give you enough time to view the reserve including the kiwis. The kiwi weighing that someone has mentioned is not available as this was a special promotion during school holidays for 'Save the Kiwi... More