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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Address: 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
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+64 3-359 6226
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09:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 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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Well laid out, easy walking, great enclosures, good viewing, good variety of animals and birds .Great for all ages, cafe there,

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Nettie P
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely Maori display, sadly the Air NZ booking omitted our dinner. And we were asked to have basically, a "run" through the aivary to sight a kiwi in captivity. I wish it could have been better. Will give it another try, regardless of past experience.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well laid out, easy walking, great enclosures, good viewing, good variety of animals and birds .Great for all ages, cafe there,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I think the highlight of the entire park was meeting Millie, the volunteer, in the Kiwi hut, just as she was about to feed the four Kiwis. She has a zoology degree and is extremely knowledgeable about the subject, and happily shared with us how the program works, what Kiwis eat, and her life and experiences there. We got the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The Willowbank reserve is a must do attraction for everyone you get to see the New Zealand birdlife and other animals they use. I was really excited when I got to see a Kiwi. You must do the whole experience including Kiwi tour,maori dance and a hangi four course meal but make sure you book it earlier on book me... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A delightful day spent amongst flora and fauna at Willowbank. Enjoyed the casual and semi-rural attitude that was present and the offerings at the shop and café as well. Only concern was that I had to use public transport from the CBD and as a visitor to Christchurch this was a bit misleading at times. Still, a very nice attraction... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to Willowbank with my husband. We got to get up close and personal with a lot of animals. You get to feed many of them. It was a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed having parrots land on me and try to steal my sunglasses. Visiting the park was well worth the entry fees.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here yesterday with family and our 6 year old daughter. We loved it! Spent over 2+ hours here taking our time to look at it all. Will be back some day soon :)

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to see and do for the family. Up close with the animals. Can buy food to feed the eels and deer etc. Well worth it. Pony rides, picnic spots, great ice creams

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely loved this place. I guess you can categorize it as a zoo, however it is unlike most zoos. The place is not about the enclosures and more about seeing animals in a more natural environment. They guarantee you will see a Kiwi in their Kiwi habitat and they were right! It was so cool and we were able... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place was clean and animals were pretty friendly. You can feed some of the animals. Recommended to buy food at the entrance ticket counter. Great for children to experience and be in close distance with animals. Recommended to get food elsewhere. Food choices wasnt that many. It is also not too far from the city.

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