We were lucky not to sustain major damage to the park, and we’ve been able to get up and running before many other Christchurch attractions. Our animals are all fine, our exhibits are all open and so is our restaurant! If you feel like you need a break from all the disorder, keep reading for some info about Willowbank’s latest deals and other things to do in Christchurch.
Kids get in free
We understand that not everyone was as lucky as we were, and many lives have been extremely disrupted. To do our part, we offered free park admission for the weekend after the quake. The response was so great to this offer that we have kept allowing children in free and adults at a discounted rate ($25 pp). This offer will remain in place until all area schools are back in session.
Our goal is to help you get back to some sense of normalcy by giving you and your kids something to do. We heard from a number of parents who wanted to thank us for giving their kids a place to relax and have fun after all the stress of the quake. We appreciated the feedback and we’re so happy to help however we can!
We also have our children’s programmes if you are looking for things to do with your kids.
Restaurant still open
Speaking of getting back to normal… We also want to let everyone know that the restaurant at Willowbank is still up and running. A lot of our favourite restaurants, cafes and bars have been closed or relocated due to the earthquake, and it can be difficult to find something to do in the evenings.
So if you’re looking for a fun night out, think about trying our restaurant (it might be your new favourite!) or, if you’ve visited us before, come on back! We’re proud of our menu, inspired by the flavours and culture of New Zealand and we think you’ll be glad you stopped by. We’ve also got tonnes of children’s options, so bring the whole family along (even the pickiest eaters will find something!).
A side note: you don’t have to go into the park (or pay park admission) if you just want to dine at the restaurant.
Other open attractions
And finally, while we would love to see you again and again, we understand that you might be looking for other things to do in Christchurch with your family. Check out these local attractions that are up and running:
- Black Cat Cruises is not currently operating in Lyttelton, but the Akaroa branch is still offering boat tours and dolphin swimming adventures!
- Orana Park on Mcleans Island Road is open.
- Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf (196 Roydvale Ave.) is open for a round or two of mini-golf.
- AMF Garden City Bowl (15-21 Iversen Terrace, Christchurch) is also open.
Check out our packages and prices we’d love to see you out here.
Just like everyone else in Christchurch, we’re trying our best to make things a little easier for our friends and neighbours. We thank you for your support and hope that you can pay us a visit sometime soon. Kia kaha.
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