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Find a Friend at Willowbank Competition – The 5 Most Liked Photos Win a Prize

Upload a photo of yourself with a Willowbank animal or bird, then ‘Like’ us on Facebook and ‘Follow’ us on Instagram to win!


Competition Terms & Conditions:

Entries can be made from Friday 13 August – Sunday 26 September 2021.
Entrants must upload a photo with themselves and a Willowbank animal/bird, as well as ‘Like’ us on Facebook and ‘Follow’ us on Instagram.
Winner will be announced on Thursday 30th September 2021 on both Facebook and Instagram.
There are no limitations on entries, but entries must be a recent photo of yourself taken with an animal/bird at Willowbank.
Winning entries must agree for their photo to be used by Willowbank in any form of marketing now, and in the future.
Top 5 Winners will receive the following prizes:
1st Place = Family Annual Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children)
2nd Place = Capybara Encounter (1 Adult & 1 Child)
3rd Place = Lemur Encounter (1 Adult & 1 Child)
4th Place = Family Day Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children)
5th Place = Family Day Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Prizes must be redeemed within a six month period and cannot be transferred.
Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers or promotions.

Activity limitations due to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions.     Click here for details about this.

Capybara Encounters

A keeper will guide you into the capybara enclosure where you will be provided with food to hand feed the capybara, take photos & enjoy interacting with these special creatures.  Purchase your encounter from the main entrance or online.

Encounter time is approximately 20 minutes.

Encounter is available to ages 10 and above only.

Maximum of 4 participants.

Covered footwear must be worn.

Price:  $35 adult/$15 child (in addition to entry).  Book here.

Animal Feeding

Buy farmyard food, bird food, eel food and fish food to hand-feed the animals and birds.Cost: $3 per bag, $4 per cup



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 (check-in at 1.15pm)
  • Sensible closed-toe shoes must be worn
  • 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 – 15 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

Bookings essential. Click here to book online

Click here to view full Lemur Encounter Guidelines


Junior Keeper

For children aged 10-14 years who love animals!

A behind the scenes experience into life as a Keeper. Work alongside one of our keepers to help feed and care for our animals. Be ready to have heaps of fun in a very hands-on way.

Cost: $80 per child, includes lunch and a Willowbank hat

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays during October school holidays, from 10.30am-2.30pm

Bookings are open NOW! Click here to book online.

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.
  • Available at 2:15pm or 3:15pm. Bookings essential.
  • Click here to book online




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