Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve provides a glimpse into New Zealand's natural heritage and addresses the issues that threaten its future. The reserve's 50-plus animals are grouped into three categories that track the development of the country's ecosystem: Wild New Zealand features animals introduced in the early days of the country; Heritage New Zealand houses domesticated creatures that have shaped the nation's farming industry; and Natural New Zealand supports the iconic and rare species that make up its special ecological community. Kiwis, kea, gibbons, wallabies, and more can all be found at the reserve. Purchase some food bags to feed the critters before chowing down yourself at the onsite restaurant. Our Christchurch trip itinerary builder makes visiting Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and other Christchurch attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We visit Willowbank each time we are in Christchurch and my kids love it. The animals all look so well kept and their enclosures so friendly. This time we fed lambs also. The KuneKune pigs are so cool...  read more »
  • The Williwbank Wildlife is a very well organized Zoo and kept. There is an area for the kiwi bird in a darkroom. The bird is shy and nocturnal habits.
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  • It's very hard to see some of New Zealand's distinctive fauna in the wild, as most are in protected areas. But here you can see kiwi, tuataras and morepork, all well-cared for and all in good living c...  read more »
  • Wonderful experience, if you are ever in South Island, its a must do. The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve has an array of animals, great fun for children and adults. Be sure to join Ko Tane: The Maori experience to greater understand the culture and join in with dances. Highly recommended!
  • A fantastic resource in easy reach of most ChCh suburbs. Amazing staff, great exhibits and enclosures, really educational and good way to occupy kids for an hour or three.
  • Had a great time here. The birds, pigs and other animals are wonderful and a great place to bring kids. The eels were even fascinating. I also enjoyed the Maori experience which walks you through a village and you can interact with the actors who take you through certain rituals.
  • Really nice, relaxed walk trail through the reserve. The facilities and animals appear really well cared for, with plenty of hands-on opportunities. An excellent way to start your New Zealand holiday when flying into Christchurch.
  • Great for kids, this is a really well set up park with lots of interactive exhibits and cool things for kids to look at. Quite pricey, but worth it!
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