Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch
(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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  • whether you go on your own, in a group, with the family or a couple. It really is a lovely place to visit, lots of native birds and animals and some not so native. If you eat there the food is good va...  more »
  • What a great place. Wanted somewhere outside and safe after earthquake on the 14th November 2016. Great staff and the animals and birds and just fabulous. Entry is $31 for adults. Seniors and student ...  more »
  • informed by the isite visitor centre I went by bus and had the dreadful shock to find my kiwi agreed because they have a dark environment for him to confuse day and night and be awake
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  • Not at all an animal reserve. It's a zoo. Screaming unsupervised children, yelling & banging on enclosures, stressed animals & some displaying agression, trapped in small cages, zero enrichment, dirty algea infested waters. Very disappointed.
  • 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!
  • Great place to take the kids. Lots of different types of animals. Lot of open enclosures so you can get up and touch the animals. Can buy food to feed the animals. Nice place to sit and eat food.
  • 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.