Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Experience our native country with New Zealand's Big 5 Wildlife - the kiwi, kaka, tuatara, kea & takahe. Kiwi viewing guaranteed. Wander the reserve, feed the animals, take a guided kiwi tour, or experience an Encounter with our lemurs or capybara.


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Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild 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’ and 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 airport where culture and conservation combine.

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Physical address

60 Hussey Road, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $32.50
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
add on such as animal food, cost for a tour, food & beverages
Cancellation policy:
Cancellations made within 24 hours of a booking will be charged 50% of the total cost of the booking. Cancellations or no shows within 12 hours of a booking will be charges 100%of the total cost of the booking.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
10 minutes drive for Christchurch International Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
Approximately 25 minutes from Bus Terminal in the city
Proximity to town:
Approximately 25 minutes from Christchurch city centre

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Opening times

Business hours:
9.30am - 5pm All Year 9.30am - 6pm (Saturday / Sunday : October - March only)
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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