Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry Ticket

    1. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry Ticket

    Get up close and personal with New Zealand native wildlife at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. The wildlife park and nature reserve is located 5 minutes drive from Christchurch Airport and 20 minutes drive from Christchurch CBD. Set in a natural environment with a great variety of wildlife species, Willowbank is suitable for all ages. Learn about New Zealand's endangered wildlife and Willowbank's continuing involvement in conservation. Walk through the massive kea enclosure to meet the worlds only alpine parrot, check out the world's only living dinosaur (tuatara), one of the rarest birds in the world (takahe) and a rare bush parrot (kaka). Be sure to visit the specially constructed viewing facility where you are guaranteed to see kiwi with no glass to hinder your view! Relax at the onsite cafe and bar, before, during or after exploring the reserve. Take a break overlooking the deer paddoc...

    Loved our visit so much - a great place to spend a couple of hours with friendly and approachable animals. Loved feeding the eels. Thank you Willowbank.

  • Christchurch: Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Entry & Tour

    2. Christchurch: Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Entry & Tour

    Upon entry, wander through the reserve at your leisure and explore the 3 sections of the reserve featuring a variety of native and non-native species. Explore the farmyard section and meet domesticated animals such as alpacas, zebus, kune kune pigs, and llamas. Stroll through the New Zealand section and discover a variety of rare native species. See the world's only alpine parrot, the kea. Spot the tuatara, a relation of lizards that has fascinating evolutionary biology dating back to the Triassic era. See the takahe, which is one of the rarest birds in the world. Discover exotic species of the zoo/exotics section. See the world's largest rodent, the capybara, native to the Amazon Rainforest. Observe the playful Siamang gibbons and capuchin monkeys. See the emus and wallabies, native to Australia. In the afternoon, join a passionate guide for a 45-minute guided tour. Learn about the c...

  • Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Willowbank Reserve

    3. Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Willowbank Reserve

    Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic viewpoints on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with its pretty ponds and water features, then drive through the city center - once with its historic buildings and architecture - now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place. You will visit both the botanical garden in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. The tour includes entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve with a guided tour of the reserves ‘Natural New Zealand’. This tour illustrates some of the species that make up our totally unique native wildlife, flora, and culture. ...

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What people are saying about Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Convenient booking and cheap price

For the first time I encountered many daily birds in such close range, it turned out that their feathers are so beautiful! Can feed, attractions for those with a childlike mind!

Loved our visit so much - a great place to spend a couple of hours with friendly and approachable animals. Loved feeding the eels. Thank you Willowbank.

A surprisingly wonderful experience

Loads more to see and do than we expected with some really unique wildlife from around the world