Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Mark

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great family owned wildlife park, on the outskirts of Christchurch, all NZ adventures great and small, natural NZ habitat.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Fritsi and Flo

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

100% to see Kiwi, feed eels and pet animals, nice activity for a lazy day, great for kids, bring a picnic!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Maura O'Connell

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Felix

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Frankie Princide

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alison Seidl

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Judith

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You can experience local plants and animals and even see kiwi birds. Feeding eels is fun.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ben McDougal

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good variety of animals - unfortunately some were in rather small enclosures. Good place to see Kiwi before they are reintegrated to the wild.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Sharleen Kelly

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Sam Smith

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great staff, the way the place is made is amazing, great for kids and adults.
Make sure you feed the eels, its great fun :)
good value!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Viola

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place for kids and parents.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bjoern

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice walks around local trees and wildlife including kiwi.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bella Danaher

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Quite expensive, but the best kiwi experience as there is meshing rather than glass so they come up really close to you!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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James Huntzinger

England

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Jenny McTigue

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Good. Liked the handson and interactiveness with the animals. Looks a little tired though.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mark

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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 ...

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Zoos and Aquariums Winner

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Celia Murphy

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Surprisingly good reserve - we were delighted to see the kiwi and takahe.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mary Van

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A diverse selection of animals in a thoughtful setting, including the kiwi in his darkened room. Entertaining for all ages.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Ian

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.
Great Job
Overall the animals are very well looked after and it deserved more of my time - sorry.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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Leidner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great if you have little children.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago