Willowbank 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.


Nowhere 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 kiwi viewing area. With this unique experience, you will see the natural splendour first hand, and see Kiwis that are not displayed behind glass. 

At Willowbank, you will also 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 the 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. It has since become one of the unmissable things to do in Christchurch. The staff are flexible, professional people intent on making your experience a wonderful one!


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