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Plan your visit - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Restaurant

Opening Times

Open Daily 9:30am

Closed Christmas Day

Kiwi Nocturnal House open from 10.30am daily

Summer Hours (October-March):
Monday -Friday: 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am to 6pm

Winter Hours (April-September):
9.30am to 5pm

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.

Get Directions


By Car

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

By Bus

Public bus number 107 stops outside Willowbank and can be caught from Northlands Shopping Mall in Papanui.


Willowbank has a large car park providing plenty of free off-street parking with two accessible car parks close to the main building for vehicles displaying a current mobility parking permit.​​​








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