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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  • October 11, 2017
    We loved this wildlife reserve. New Zealand animals in a beautiful setting, with a few other animals to add to the collection. The Kiwi House was superb, the Kea's were adorable, the farm collection e...  more »
  • October 8, 2017
    What makes Willowbank Wildlife Reserve really stand out is how interactive it is. My most memorable moments were hand-feeding eels, an emu (that let me pet its neck!), an enormous pig, and a dozen ver...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This is such a well set out place and wheelchair accessible too. Follow the trail which takes you from being able to feed eels, little deer by hand, ducks and swans, donkeys, baby goats and bigger far...  more »
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  • September 8, 2017
    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!
  • August 26, 2017
    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
  • July 19, 2017
    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.
  • September 20, 2017
    Amazing. Animals are happy and very well kept. Best Kiwi bird house to date, very good kiwi viewing.
  • September 16, 2017
    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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