Trip Planner: South Pacific / New Zealand / South Island / Canterbury Region / Christchurch / Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
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. To visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve on your holiday in Christchurch, and find out what else Christchurch has to offer, use our Christchurch.
Tours To Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $95
Duration: 6 hours
Christchurch City Sightseeing - Must See Three Attractions BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $119
Duration: 6 hours
Willowbank Kiwi Tour and Maori Concert Including Hangi Dinner from Christchurch BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $160
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Reviews
This was my favorite place in New Zealand. It's so unique and different from most American zoos because you can feed and touch the animals which are mostly very tame and friendly. The layout is... more »
Had a lovely afternoon wandering around, fed the eels which was pretty cool and the deer and farm animals. The baby gibbon was very cute and most the animals seem friendly. more »
Willowbank is an amazing place to visit. It's so amazing that I now volunteer. I encourage people to fill out the volunteer form, get out there and lend a hand. The staff are awesome and the animals well of course they are and it's all great for your well being. It's helped me so much with my depression and anxiety being in an amazing place with amazing people. I'm learning all the time about nature, the animals and environment - just loving it. Thank you Willowbank for allowing me to be a Volunteer.
We were very impressed with the general layout and accessibility to the animals. The plaques were informative without being a lot of reading it was a very enjoyable and informative experience.We only got to spend a little time before our Maori experience but enjoyed the space and seeing the animals we were able to see. Would like to spend more time next visit.
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