Great family owned wildlife park, on the outskirts of Christchurch, all NZ adventures great and small, natural NZ habitat.
Fritsi and Flo
100% to see Kiwi, feed eels and pet animals, nice activity for a lazy day, great for kids, bring a picnic!
Stunning birds, so amazing to get to see the kiwi. A really nice place to go to to get up close and personal with wildlife.
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The name is a little misleading for it is actually a zoo, but a very nice one! The walkways are designed in the fashion of New Zealand bush and the enclosures are wide and open. You can feed and pet a lot of animals, especially farm animals. I got bitten by a goose, but it did not hurt at all!
Beautiful reserve with a ton of educational material on the local wildlife. A lot of care and love there and respect for the animals. Saw 3 Kiwi!
I have been to many reserves and this one is in my top 5! So well laid out and maintained. Very informative and educational. The best part was seeing Kiwi!
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You can experience local plants and animals and even see kiwi birds. Feeding eels is fun.
Good variety of animals - unfortunately some were in rather small enclosures. Good place to see Kiwi before they are reintegrated to the wild.
First half of Willowbank is really impressive when you are walking around. Beautiful surroundings and impressive presentation, but all of a sudden you are walking through building sites with no explanation. Kids loved it though. Will come again, soon.
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Great staff, the way the place is made is amazing, great for kids and adults.
Make sure you feed the eels, its great fun :)
Lovely place for kids and parents.
Very nice walks around local trees and wildlife including kiwi.
Quite expensive, but the best kiwi experience as there is meshing rather than glass so they come up really close to you!
Christchurch. Very interesting/interactive experience with wildlife (deer) and a useful kiwi-viewing habitat. The Maori Culture experience was informative, tastefully and culturally accurate. And I got to be a Tourist Tribe Chief.
Good. Liked the handson and interactiveness with the animals. Looks a little tired though.
One of the best places to see a kiwi that is not behind a window. If you are interested in new zealand animals, than this is a must do. Nice to watch there too: Takahe, Keas, Weka ...
Surprisingly good reserve - we were delighted to see the kiwi and takahe.
A diverse selection of animals in a thoughtful setting, including the kiwi in his darkened room. Entertaining for all ages.
The highlight for me was the kiwi house. I work as a guide myself looking for kiwi, however, I really loved the way the kiwi in the kiwi house were oblivious to us. I heard a pair snuffling, while over my shoulder another pair were doing the same thing.
It was only a fleeting visit ( while waiting for a domestic flight ), however, I know I will be back with my daughter - who will absolutely love this place.
Willowbank also does a great job in incubating Rowi eggs, then, nurturing the young prior to release onto Motuara Island.
Overall the animals are very well looked after and it deserved more of my time - sorry.
Great if you have little children.