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Willowbank Tours

If you are looking for a Christchurch tour during your stay in the city, we highly recommend our range of guided tours. If you are visiting during the day, allow plenty of time to meander through the reserve and feed the animals, as well as gaining the extra insights our guides can provide.

Guided tours are one of the features of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve that make us one of Christchurch's most popular attractions.

Kiwi viewing is up close, personal and guaranteed.

Evening Tours available for groups 

A great option in the evening is to enjoy a Kiwi Wildlife Tour. You will be guided by our knowledgeable park wardens through the Natural New Zealand section. This covers an extensive display of native and introduced birds and animals. Highlights include a walk through the ‘Alpine’ aviaries which house the world’s only ‘mountain parrot’ the Kea, and spending time in our nocturnal house with endangered kiwis. At Willowbank, we don’t hide our kiwis away behind a glass wall. Instead they are in an open and natural enclosure. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For individuals or doing an add on to Ko Tane

Tour start time is 4.30pm. Tour length is approximately 45 minutes


Email or contact us by phone to book your tour. 

Kiwi Tours

Day tours of the Natural New Zealand section are at 4.30pm on request. Cost is additional to the Entry Price.   Bookings are essential.

Email or contact us by phone to book your tour.

Breeding Tours

An exclusive guided tour behind the scenes of the breeding program for our endangered kiwi species. Learn how kiwi eggs are retrieved from the wild and then brought to Willowbank. Go through the purpose built viewing centre to look into the incubating room and see kiwi eggs being either candled, weighed or turned. Have a look through the large viewing window to see a newly hatched kiwi chick. The tour includes a walk through the Nocturnal House to view adult kiwi birds.

Tour length is one hour. Tour time is 1pm Monday to Friday. Bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Weekend tours can be made by prior arrangement. Tours run only during the breeding season which is August to February each year (subject to variations).

Maximum 15 people per tour.

To book or for more information about our Kiwi Breeding Tours email us or phone.

New Zealand Conservation Trust

Phone: +64 3 359 6226 Ext: 704

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Family Day Pass ($75)

Family passes are great value for money. For $75 you get one full day's entry to Willowbank for two adults and up to three children aged 5 to 14 years (under 5’s are free).

Family passes are available for purchase at our front desk.

To buy your Annual Pass or Family Day Pass email or contact us by phone.


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“The tour of the Natural New Zealand section of the reserve was wonderful. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and clearly enthusiastic about the wildlife he was showing us. We got to feed the Kunekune pigs, see Keas up close, and of course enter the Kiwi enclosure. Although the enclosure was very dark, there was no glass - only fences - which meant that when we spotted a kiwi, we could get really close to it.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting the reserve and thought it was worth every cent!"

Trip Advisor, Jan 2009

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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 

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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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