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What’s On

The Magic of Wildlife


Experience The Magic of Wildlife these school holidays!

The Amazing Elgregoe will be performing at Willowbank twice daily from 27 December – 31 January.

Bring the family along for an experience that is just as magnificent as the amazing animals and birds of Willowbank!


Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm

Location: Farmyard Stage




Animal FeedingBuy farmyard food, bird food, eel food and fish food to hand-feed the animals and birds.

Cost: $3 per bag, $4 per cup

Or watch and learn as our keepers feed:

Eels 12.45pm

Capybara 1.00pm

Gibbons 1.10pm

Lemurs 1.20pm

Keas 1.30pm

Ferret & Falcon 3.20pm


Lemur Encounter

This is a great opportunity to get up close to these amazing animals as you enter their enclosure and help the keeper feed the lemurs their lunch. You will learn lots about the lemurs’ natural habitat and behaviour whilst interacting and taking photos with these special primates.

  • Daily at 1.30pm
  • Encounter lasts approx. 20 minutes
  • Maximum of 6 people per encounter
  • Children 6 – 9 years must have 1 supervising adult per 2 children
  • Children 10 – 14 years must have 1 supervising adult per 4 children
  • Cost: $30 per adult and $15 per child (in addition to entry)
  • Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible

Please call 03 359 6226 ext. 714 to book.

Click Here to View Full Lemur Encounter Guidelines



Junior Keeper

For children aged 10-14 years who love animals!

School holidays between 10.30am—2.30pm

A behind the scenes experience into life as a Keeper.  Work alongside one of our keepers to help with the feeding, watering of our animals and birds and cleaning their enclosures.  Be ready to have heaps of fun in a very hands-on way.

Cost: $70 per child, includes lunch and a Willowbank hat

Bookings essential.

Either pop in to make your booking or call Alysha on
03 359 6226 ext. 714 (payment required at time of booking).



Kiwi Breeding Tour

A behind the scenes tour at our Kiwi Incubation Facility.

See baby kiwi up close and learn about Operation Nest Egg. Tours available during the breeding season, Tuesday – Friday at 1pm.

Minimum 2 people. Bookings essential.

Cost: $25 per adult and $10 per child (in addition to entry)




Guided Tour

An informative guided tour around our native area including kea, kiwi etc.

  • 45 minutes
  • Cost: $11 per adult, $5 per child (in addition to entry)
  • Minimum 2 adults. Bookings recommended, please call 03 359 6226 to book.




Donkey Rides (temporarily suspended)

From 11am until 3pm on weekends and school holidays, weather permitting.

Maximum height is 1.2m

Cost: $3.50 per ride



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