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Willowbank Restaurant

The Dining Experience

Restaurant-wide-viewWillowbank provides a unique restaurant dining experience in Christchurch, with wonderful ambience and the unique surroundings of the reserve. You and your family can enjoy sitting in front of the fire in winter while watching deer grazing outside the windows. Our Chefs focus on bringing you the very best of New Zealand cuisine.

Relax and enjoy the cafe, bar and restaurant experience before or after exploring the reserve.

The restaurant/cafe and Bar is open from 10am to 4pm daily or later by arrangement for group bookings.

Our dining facilities are open 364 days. We are closed Christmas Day and on New Year's Eve from 5pm.

By combining New Zealand food, wine, wildlife, service and culture, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve has created a full entertainment experience for visitors to Christchurch with a uniquely New Zealand flavour.

Guests start their dining experience in an award-winning restaurant, acclaimed for its architecture and construction. With its floodlit views of surrounding wildlife and gardens, this very special environment has an ambience and atmosphere that is unsurpassed.
 Willowbank is the ideal location for your Christchurch based function or event.

Please note that bookings are essential.



family-dining-5Our restaurant is open for lunch 7 days a week for both individuals and groups. We serve a seasonal menu, which changes regularly. Lunch prices do not include entry to the park.

View a sample of our lunch menu and our new BBQ Lunch.


(all pricing includes gst)

Combine dinner with a guided walk through the Wildlife Reserve for a unique New Zealand experience. Compliment your meal with some of New Zealand's finest wines and beers. The restaurant in the evening is available for groups of 30+ until further notice. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for menus and information.



To make a booking request, please contact us by phone, fax, booking form or email:
Phone: +64 3 359 6226
Fax: +64 3 359 6212
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Please note that all email booking requests must receive confirmation by return email in order to be valid. Please print your email confirmation and bring with you.


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“One of the best things we did on the South Island - a lovely buffet dinner followed by a tour of the reserve. Seeing the animals at night was a striking change from the usual nature-reserve experience. Seeing the kiwis running around in the shadows was wonderful. All the animals seemed well cared for and staff were great. A lovely little shop and good facilities. Great value for money."

Trip Advisor, 2007

VIP Passes


Do you have important customers visiting your company that you need to entertain without the personal hassle of being there to pay?

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Great Value Deals

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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Annual Passes are valid for one year from date of purchase.

A Club Willowbank Pass is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children. $149.00 (unlimited entry for one full year)

Individual Adult $69.00

Individual Child $21.00 

 Click here to read our conditions for this pass.

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Corporate Functions and Work Do's

When it's time to put aside the serious stuff from work and monkey around with your workmates, then Willowbank is the perfect function venue. At a time when many Christchurch venues are closed, consider the fantastic options.

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