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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

See native Kiwi, cheeky Kea, Tuatara and the very rare Takahe - and much much more.

Highlights

  • Guaranteed Kiwi viewing
  • Meet New Zealand's native animals and many more
  • Feed birds, fish and eels
  • A fun day out for the whole family

Close encounters of the 'wildlife kind' are a Willowbank trademark.

Willowbank is the only place where you can meet New Zealand's Big 5 wildlife with the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka, the very rare Takahe and of course the Kiwi. Kiwi viewing is guaranteed with no glass to hinder your view!

Feed the eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the Kiwi as it forages by your feet. Embark on a journey through the history of New Zealand. See the impact of introduced species in 'Wild NZ'. Meet old livestock breeds in 'Heritage NZ'. Experience native wildlife in 'Natural NZ', and share our hope for their future. Relax and enjoy your experience in conservation.

Willowbank is a place close to both Christchurch city and the International Airport, where culture and conservation combine.

Bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat from our onsite cafe!

Guided Kiwi Tour available at 4.30pm (additional charges apply)

Adult $32.50
Child $12.00 (Aged 5 - 14 years)

Location

  • 60 Hussey Road, Harewood Christchurch.

Restrictions

  • Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Open from 9.30am daily

  • Kids aged under 5 go free!

    Your bookme.co.nz booking is valid even if you wish to arrive within 30 minutes either way of the booked time, but additional fees may apply on arriving after this stipulated time.

Available Bookings from October 29 to November 04

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 29 Oct
Fri 30 Oct
Sat 31 Oct
Sun 1 Nov
Mon 2 Nov
Tue 3 Nov
Wed 4 Nov

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$19.45
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$19.45
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$26.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$19.45
  • Child$12.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$19.45
  • Child$12.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$19.45
  • Child$12.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Molly Taylor from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2020

Lots of family fun.

This was first experience at Willowbank. There were alot of interactive animals which was cool. Unfortunately by 3.30 in the day all the animals seem to be over human interaction, fair enough. haha. So I would suggest going earlier so you can catch the feedings etc. Overall a pretty good experience would be nice to get a bit closer to some of the more exotic/not farm animals they had.

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From Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Hi Molly, wonderful to have you along for the first time! Unfortunately due to safety we cannot allow people to get right up close to the exotic animals like the Siamang Gibbons, but we do offer Lemur Encounters where you can feed our lemur troop. We hope to see you again soon

Marie Van Kleef from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2020

Willowbank

Great family arvo, loved the interaction and being able to feed and get up close the animals

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Hi Marie, thanks for coming to see us! We are pleased that you had such a wonderful time :)

Kylie Thomas from New Zealand wrote on 10 March 2020

Best day out in christchurch

Such a great day out with the family over from Canada. Love all the upgrades, the place is going to look a million dollars. Well done team Willowbank.

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Nina Coulthard from United Kingdom wrote on 28 February 2020

Wonderful wildlife

A wonderful range of wildlife to see in lovely natural settings. Just the right of simple information about each so as not to be overwhelming. Inevitably some inhabitants were not keen to be seen but most could be located somewhere, even if not where marked on the map. It was disappointing that there was only one kiwi on the whole kiwi house and he(?) Was extremely difficult to find,so in that respect didn't quite live up to its claim to be he best kiwi viewing experience in NZ. Allow plenty of time and go slowly. I spent 3 and a half hours wandering.

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Mandy from New Zealand wrote on 24 February 2020

Made our Willow's day.

I am so glad I took Willow (7). We drove from Dunedin and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. So much to see and so many animals to interact with. Very friendly staff and a great wee place. Will be back again

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