Timings : 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : 3 - 5 hours
Entry Fee : Adult - NZD 32.50
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Located right outside central Christchurch, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a conservation and wildlife park that hosts exotic animal species and animals endemic to New Zealand. The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is known for its kiwi, New Zealand’s famous endangered national bird breeding program. It is also the only facility outside a government-operated conservatory to have a pair of the rare takahe bird on display.
The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also well-known for its Maori cultural performance, and participants can experience the tradition of a hangi dinner. In addition, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve was the first conservatory in New Zealand to implement the idea of a glass-free exhibition, guaranteeing visitors' sightings of the ever-elusive kiwi.
Open daily from 9:30 AM - 5 PM (April - September) Winter Hour
Open daily from 9:30AM - 7 PM (October - March) Summer Hours
6 PM close on Christmas Eve
Closed on Christmas
Kiwi nocturnal house open from 10:30 AM daily
Children ticket (ages 5-14) - NZD 12
Adult ticket (ages 15+) - NZD 32.5
Family Pass (2 adults+ 3 children) - NZD 81
Senior/Student - NZD 26
The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve accommodates 95 different species of animals. The reserve is divided into three categories of animals; exotics, New Zealand natives, and heritage farmyard.
Feeding times for the different animals are held during various times of the day. Spend some time having cute lemurs and alpacas eating out of your hands. Animal feed can be purchased from within the wildlife reserve for NZD 3 per bag.
The following are the feeding times for animals at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve:-
Eels - 12:45 PM
Ferrets and Falcons - 3:20 PM
During school holidays:
Otters - 1:00 PM
Gibbons - 1:10 PM
Lemurs - 1:20 PM
Keas - 1:30 PM
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