Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch: Hours, Address, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Deanna
Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions
The best wildlife reserve
May 2021
Every time I go to willowbank I have a fantastic time. The cafeteria has incredible food both in the cabinet and on the menu, the coffees were great and the prices are very good. I LOVE this place. Highly recommended.
Written 10 May 2021
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Ashley
Palmerston North, New Zealand10 contributions
Great native area. Terrible barn area.
Feb. 2021 • Couples
Willowbank had some great areas and some not so great areas.

Starting with the great:
The native area is really nice. The keas have a huge aviary that visitors can walk through. We saw around 6 kea in there. You can get pretty close to these birds.The indoor kiwi area was also awesome. It's huge and had 4 happy kiwi running around.

You can purchase animal food on the way in for some wild birds, fish and larger animals. Very cool to walk along feeding everything.

The not so great:
The barn area is terrible. The animals are in small pens without grass. They appear crowded. It appears as though the animals live in these pens. Some of the animals are very overweight - they absolutely love being feed by all the visitors. Two cows were in a paddock with grass but everything else was in pens with dirt, concrete or wood underneath.

I personally would not revisit because of this barn area. I would recommend spending a little more and spending a day at Orana Park instead. You cannot get as close to animals. But the animal areas are bigger and better suited for the animal.
Written 25 February 2021
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Michele
21 contributions
Get Up Close
Feb. 2020
What a handy and super venue to take the children for an up close animal encounter in the lovely park setting.
Written 19 December 2020
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Siubhan Mcphail
Dunedin, New Zealand22 contributions
Very good experience
Jul. 2020 • Friends
This was such good experience the animals there are well looked after. Get to feed pigs,deer,eels,etc would recommend for family’s
Written 12 August 2020
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elessarfan
Mannheim, Germany31 contributions
Good job
Nov. 2019
One of the best wildlife reserves in NZ. Very extending grounds with heaps of information, animals and recreation space. Good with kids, even fun for adults.Good job indeed. Easy access to the park and within the park.
Written 30 July 2020
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Ezra710
Christchurch, New Zealand1,331 contributions
Great variety
Jun. 2020 • Family
There is such a variety of small animals, fish and birds that everyone is kept attentive to what is around the next bend. Informative signage adds to the interest of the journey you are taken on. Opportunity to safely hand-feed many of the birds and animals. Very good.
Written 31 May 2020
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Ed R
Blenheim, New Zealand693 contributions
Enjoyable Animal Experience for all
May 2020
A very nice park for the family to enjoy interacting with various animals - NZ native and other. You can feed the eels as well as some of the birds and farm animals. It isn't anything outstanding, but the layout is good and you can have some cool interactions with many of the animals. The kiwi house is one of the best I've seen and we got very close to one. The kea walkthrough was also excellent.
Café was pretty reasonable too.
Just a bit chaotic at the entrance as there were restrictions in place as NZ moves down the covid-19 alert levels - encounters were being advertised but not the cashier didn't know anything about them or if they were running (they weren't) and everybody was entering and exiting through the same single doorway.
Written 31 May 2020
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Shade_Jon
Jerusalem, Israel44 contributions
Lots of animals, wonderful Maori cultural performance
Mar. 2020
A great way to spend a few hours. Many of the animals are not that exotic, but enough are to make it worthwhile. We got to see our only live kiwi here (a little hard to see in the dark, but better one dark viewing than none at all).

After the animals, we stayed for the Maori performance, which was a little touristy but, again, our only real experience in this trip with Maori culture, and great fun. A highlight of our NZ trip.
Written 30 March 2020
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Marina A
Christchurch, New Zealand6 contributions
Great place with fantastic animals!
May 2019
Wow! Willowbank is definitely a place you want to visit! The Wildlife Reserve is divided into three parts - The Farmyard Section, The New Zealand Section and the Zoo/Exotic Section. The Farmyard Section has lots of Alpacas, Ponies, Sheep, Donkeys, Rabbits and so many more! The New Zealand Section has Eels, Weka, Ferret, Kiwis, Tuatara and many more! The Zoo/Exotic Section has Monkeys, Parrots, Deer, Lemurs, Wallabys and many more! Willowbank also has birthday party options for your kids with a menu selection.
Written 19 March 2020
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Martyn P
London, UK175 contributions
Fine for kids, but not a serious eco park
Mar. 2020
This feels more like a petting zoo than a wildlife reserve. Many non-native animals are on display (which you can see in any zoo across the world) and the kiwi display was somewhat ramshackle and misleading (given that the signs indicated more than one kiwi and half the space was being refurbished).
Places like Zealandia in Wellington are far superior.
Written 13 March 2020
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