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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert from Christchurch

Get an up-close encounter with a variety of birds and animals during a guided tour of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, followed by an entertaining evening with the Ko Tane Maori cultural performance plus a buffet dinner. You’ll enjoy two popular attractions, including a traditional 4-course ‘hangi' meal followed by a short city tour of Christchurch at night. Round-trip hotel transport is included.


  • Receive a traditional Maori welcome and enjoy an evening filled with culture and entertainment
  • Enjoy a buffet dinner
  • Watch a Maori concert
  • See the sights of Christchurch at night on a guided tour
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Christchurch

What You Can Expect

Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert from Christchurch

After pickup by coach from selected Christchurch hotels, your 4.5-hour tour begins with a drive to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, where you can observe up to 50 different types of animals and birds — both native and introduced to New Zealand.

On arrival, join an informative park warden for a guided tour of the grounds. See orphaned wallabies, capuchin monkeys, Asian otters, Siamang gibbons, ring-tailed lemurs and more. Don’t miss the endangered national bird, the kiwi, in its natural habitat.

Your memorable tour continues with the Ko Tane Maori cultural experience. Starting with a powhiri (conch) and hongi (pressing of noses) greeting ceremony, immerse in a magical evening in the makeshift Maori village. See an engaging performance of dance and song, including the haka (war dance) and poi (swinging ball) dance. You’ll be amazed as you learn about the pre-European Maori lifestyle of this indigenous population of New Zealand.

Conclude with a traditional 4-course hangi buffet at the Willowbank restaurant.

Returning to Christchurch, you’re taken on a sightseeing tour of the city at night before drop-off at your accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Vanessa F United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

It was brilliant, a wonderful way to experience a bit of New Zealand culture.

Patricia R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

Excellent evening, the Maori concert was great and this was a wonderful experience...would definitely recommend the evening to anyone. Our tour driver was wonderful and it was a really enjoyable evening.

Mandy K

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

The tour was very informative , we enjoyed the show , the staff were were very friendly and the meal was generous however not to our liking .

Lynette K

4 star rating: Recommended May 2011

Very enjoyable

Neil S Australia

4 star rating: Recommended April 2010

The Maori concert was a lot of fun. The meal was OK, but have had better. The Kiwi and Kea experience was excellent!


3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

Loved seeing the kiwi's and the performance was neat ! We had plenty to eat as well


3 star rating: Worth doing January 2012

we had done this several years ago and this time i found it to be quite disappointing especially the food. there was not enough for the table of ten. i would recommend willow bank to anyone but unfortunately not the concert

Amanda H USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2010

The Maori performance was the best part. The dinner was average. I thought it was going to be a large group of people. The guide for the wildlife tour did not seem like he wanted to be there. And although you barely get to see Kiwi, you don't get any good pictures of them because you can't use a flash. The driver for the tours was excellent though.

Mia F Australia

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2009

Couldn't see much of the animals as it was dark. Concert was tops! They got everyone involved in the Maori dancing, haka experience.

A L B United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2009

This was totally not what we expected. We were the only 2 travellers on this tour, and although we joined a larger party at Willowbank, we were seated on our own for the dinner, which was not the Maori style dinner were expecting. The Maori concert, although authentic in parts, was performed in a plastic covered outbuilding, not a traditional setting, and consisted of very few performers. The only saving grace of this tour was the visit to the kiwi house after dark and the setting of live kiwi in an almost wild setting. We could not recommend this tour.
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