Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

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#1 of 17 in Wildlife in Christchurch
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. To visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve on your holiday in Christchurch, and find out what else Christchurch has to offer, use our Christchurch day trip planning tool .
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  • This Christchurch attraction is okay, but won't knock you out. The primary attraction is a show about Maori culture featuring highly talented, energetic, and engaging performers. Still, animals (mostl...  more »
  • Well maintained wildlife reserve. You get to see Kiwis right at the end but there are extraordinary birds shown along the reserve. A great adventure!  more »
  • This is a fabulous place for families of young children. Its a hands on type of place where the little ones can touch and feed the animals.  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing experience! More of an open and free enclosure system with multiple sections and tons of species! Got to feed a wallaybe from my hand which was incredible. Beautiful water system runs through the entire park. They sell bags of feed for a lot of the animals at the front desk... I recommend you snag some eel and also some deer food for sure. Worth every penny!
  • Stopped here on a whim and wasn't disappointed. Great range of animals make this the perfect place to take kids. Staff are friendly and helpful, they even advised us how to find a kiwi in the nocturnal house. Loved our visit
  • Great place to take the kids, especially the younger ones. It's not an overly big place but lots to see to keep them entertained. You can feed some of the animals and bring your own food for a picnic.
  • Amazing. Animals are happy and very well kept. Best Kiwi bird house to date, very good kiwi viewing.
  • Always a fun place to visit. The boys lover feeding the eels. Farm yard great with the old tractor a great photo opportunity. Donkey rides on fine days, and live setting the kaka in the native birds section. Also kiwis, kea and a takahe. Not seen that for a while tho.....

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