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Plan your visit - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Restaurant

Opening Times

Open Daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Closed Christmas Day

  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult

Kiwi Nocturnal House open from 10.30am daily

Map of Reserve

Click here to download the map of reserve.

Services & Amenities

Café – open daily with a wide variety of hot & cold food and drinks.

Highchairs – the café has a number of highchairs available for use.

Picnic Areas – bring a picnic to enjoy in one of the picnic areas within the reserve.

Gifts & Souvenirs – we stock NZ souvenirs including a wide range of jade and bone along with giftware to suit all ages.

Toilets – in the main building and behind the farmyard. Baby changing and disabled facilities available in both.

Umbrellas – available for complimentary use from the main desk (subject to availability).

Mobility Scooter – one available to hire for $10 (subject to availability).

Wheelchair – one wheelchair available for complimentary use (subject to availability).

Storage – available in the main building for luggage.

Getting here

Willowbank is 5 minutes from Christchurch Airport and 20 minutes from Christchurch CBD.

Click here to get Directions

By CHC Shuttle

Easy travel with CHC Shuttle, from Cathedral Square to two of Christchurch’s best attractions – the International Antarctic Centre and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Find out more:

By Bus

Public bus number 107 stops outside Willowbank and can be caught from Northlands Shopping Mall in Papanui. Save the hassle of finding a park on a busy day and catch a bus – do your bit for the environment!

By Bike

Feel like some exercise or live locally? Consider cycling to Willowbank. There is a bike stand for your use right at the entrance.

By Car

Willowbank is well sign posted, please use the map here for directions.

Willowbank has a free off-street parking with a 100-110 space car park. There are four accessible car parks close to the main building for vehicles displaying a current mobility parking permit.​​​









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