Enjoy seeing 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
Willowbank nature reserve tour
Christchurch city highlights night tour
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Departure & Return
Traveler pickup is offered Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Christchurch hotels Dates: Daily Return point: Tour concludes at your Christchurch hotel, or alternatively, you can be dropped at the Christchurch Casino, at approximately 8:30pm
What To Expect
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.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Your tour will commence with a courtesy pickup from your Christchurch accommodation and following a short transfer, you will arrive at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Here you’ll join a guided Kiwi wildlife tour with a knowledgeable and passionate park warden. Enjoy seeing many native and introduced birds and animals while you listen to interesting facts and stories. See New Zealand’s national bird – the kiwis – in their natural habitat. This endangered species is unique to New Zealand!
Next, enjoy a magical experience as you engage with authentic Maori culture. Your memorable evening will see you participating in a series of events that recreate the traditional Maori lifestyle. From the opening Powhiri (or greeting ceremony) to the closing Waiata (songs) you will feel inspired and entertained while admiring a fantastic dance performance and learning how this ancient population lived across centuries. And what better way to conclude your night than with a traditional 4-course Hangi meal at the Willowbank restaurant?
Upon your return to the city, you will be given a guided tour of Christchurch at night before being returned to your accommodation.
Admission Ticket Included
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Operated by Leisure Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Have done this twice and both times...
SANDRA B, Mar 2017
Have done this twice and both times it was very interesting. The second time was a little different but still very good. The food was good too and staff were very friendly. Great to see the live kiwis in their specially created habitat. A wonderful way to spend an evening
The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve was...
Nancy P, Feb 2016
The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve was very interesting with lots of unique animals and the personal tour was really nice. The Maori concert was fun and the dinner was really good.
Loved seeing the kiwi's and the...
Sherri, Mar 2014
Loved seeing the kiwi's and the performance was neat ! We had plenty to eat as well
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The tour was very informative , we...
Mandy K, May 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 .
we had done this several years ago...
jenny, Jan 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
The Maori concert was a lot of fun. The...
Neil S, Apr 2010
The Maori concert was a lot of fun. The meal was OK, but have had better. The Kiwi and Kea experience was excellent!
The Maori performance was the best...
Amanda H, Dec 2009
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.
Couldn't see much of the animals as it...
Mia F, Jul 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.
This was totally not what we expected...
A L B, Mar 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.
Excellent evening, the Maori concert...
Patricia R, Oct 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.