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Wildlife Reserve

At Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, take a unique Christchurch tour with an 'up close and personal' journey into New Zealand. Willowbank is not only the best and most comprehensive wildlife display, it also accepts the responsibility and guardianship that goes with preserving and promoting wildlife conservation within New Zealand.


Boardwalk2Nowhere else in New Zealand will you find such a wide range of New Zealand wildlife so close to you. Willowbank provides you with a "Kiwi Guarantee" and is home to New Zealand's largest and most accessible kiwi viewing area. With this unique experience, you will see our natural splendour first hand, and see Kiwis that are not displayed behind glass.

You will see one of the most complete selections of New Zealand native and introduced wildlife in natural bush surroundings. Much wildlife wanders free and is able to be petted and fed.

A guided tour through the Natural New Zealand section with our passionate and knowledgable staff will increase the pleasure of your visit.

Come and discover Tane Mahuta the Maori God of the Forest at the Ko Tane Maori Cultural Performance on every evening.


Immerse yourself in New Zealand. Combine culture and conservation. Enjoy a visit to a unique New Zealand tourist attraction including a Maori Cultural Experience animal feeding, food and beverage and themed shopping will all add great value to your Willowbank experience.


Only 5 minutes from Christchurch International Airport and 15 minutes by car from the central city, Willowbank provides convenient access when either arriving or departing from Christchurch Airport.

Proven Record

Willowbank was established over 39 years ago, and is still owned and operated by the same family. We are flexible, professional people intent on making your experience a wonderful one!


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“I stopped by here on my way to the airport because I had a couple of hours to kill. I'm so glad I did. This is a truly fantastic place. The animals are given a lot of freedom to roam pretty much where they want, giving you a great opportunity to interact with them.”
Trip Advisor, March 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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