Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the kiwi as it forages by your feet. Embark on a journey through the history of New Zealand. See the impact of introduced species in ‘Wild NZ’ and meet old livestock breeds in ‘Heritage NZ’. Experience native wildlife in ‘Natural NZ’ and share our hope for their future. Relax and enjoy your experience in conservation. Willowbank is a place close to both Christchurch city and the airport where culture and conservation combine. Willowbank opens at 9.30am

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Opening Hours

Business hours
    9.30am - 5pm April - September 9.30am - 7pm October - March
Months of operation
    All Year
  • Proximity to airport:
    10 minutes drive for Christchurch Airport
    Proximity to town:
    Approximately 25 minutes from Christchurch city centre

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