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ShareLately we’ve been welcoming more and more families to Willowbank for kids’ birthday parties and events.  We think it’s great (we do love a good party!) and thought we’d offer some info on what a Willowbank birthday entails… The Park … Continue reading

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ShareIt’s been over a year since the first of many earthquakes disrupted Christchurch.  As a whole, we’ve been moving forward and every day seems to be a step towards getting back to normal.  The city is still a little scattered, … Continue reading

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ShareWe all look forward to our Christmas work functions, and after this past year we certainly deserve a little fun and relaxation.  Willowbank is a great option for a light-hearted end-of-year bash.  With beautiful surroundings, top kiwi cuisine and plenty … Continue reading

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ShareWe 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!  … Continue reading

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ShareLast September, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve acquired two rare takahe from a Department of Conservation (DoC) rearing unit in Southland.  The pair, named Hamilton (a male) and Guy (a female), were sent to Willowbank to retire after years of fostering chicks … Continue reading

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ShareFurther Update: Entry for children to Willowbank is free until all schools are back. Adult entry is $25 pp. Up to five children per one adult. At Willowbank, we too were shaken up by the earthquake. But the animals and … Continue reading

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Share Many visitors to New Zealand have questions about Maori life and culture.  As home to Ko Tane, one of the country’s premier Maori cultural tours, we’re always happy to share what we know! ‘Where did the Maori live before … Continue reading

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ShareOne of the biggest draws of New Zealand as an international tourist destination is our fantastic landscape and wildlife.  The great outdoors truly are great in New Zealand, and we might be slightly biased but we have to say that … Continue reading

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Share12 year old James Natta (of Hornby) received a call from Willowbank Wildlife Reserve on the 1st February to inform him that he was the winner of the “Big Five” competition held at Willowbank from the 1 December 2010 to … Continue reading

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ShareThere’s a new school of thought around the way we eat that’s getting a lot of attention around the world these days.  It’s called the Slow Food Movement.  Slow Food is about the connection between food and culture and encourages … Continue reading

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