Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

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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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  • The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is worth a stop. The chance to see, and even interact with the native species is worth the stop alone. The staff are friendly and we'll informed. The Maori experience i...  more »
  • This is an animal sanctuary, not a zoo, so the animal species will be relatively limited. It can be fed to New Zealand's unique peck sheep parrot at close range. There are a lot of deer next to the restaurant and you can see it through the window.
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  • My young family and I had a fantastic afternoon here. Just awesome for the under fives. Done much interaction for the kids. We chose this over Orana Park as everything is much closer together. Great t...  more »
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  • I absolutely adore this place. Our kids had so much fun (plus I had even more fun!) and were super happy. Feeding eels never gets old. The whole place is beautifully made, it feels so natural and peaceful. Animals look happy and are very friendly. Love it!
  • A great and fun way to learn Maori culture. It is sort of unique experience. Let's start with tour beginning. The guide would pick you up at the Willowbank wildlife park entrance and bring you to the Maori village which is located inside the park. Then the guide gives a brief introduction to Maori culture and some basic Maori words. I booked only for Maori Performance so I am not pretty sure about the Hangi Meals. The performance is very entertaining, educational and awesome. All in all, it was a great and enjoyable evening.
  • A great little wildlife park. The clever layout makes it feel like endless nooks and crannies full of beautifully done animal enclosures. The kiwis are hard to spot because they're nocturnal apparently, but there is an enclosure where all the light is basically blocked off and it's illuminated only by dim orange lights, and you can kind of see the kiwis poking around in the dark looking for worms. The tame, food-scavenging farm animal section is also great for the kids. Recommended.
  • The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is worth a stop. The chance to see, and even interact with the native species is worth the stop alone. The staff are friendly and we'll informed. The Maori experience is not only entertaining, but also informative. Clean washrooms facilities, a lovely Cafe and great gift shop add to the positive experience. Enjoyed the time spent here. Highly recommended.
  • Nice walks in the park. Many animals. Relaxing. But I felt it is over priced. It is 95 dollars to walk around and to see a show. However the show is nice and fun to watch

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