Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Tours

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Have a memorable hands-on meeting with New Zealand's unique animals at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Mixing lighthearted entertainment with more serious conservation issues, there are Maori cultural performances in the evening and dinner packages combining a Taste NZ menu and guided tour.

Conservation is key at Willowbank, revealing the negative impact of settlement on New Zealand's wildlife and ecosystems, the lessons learned and the plans for the future.

Visitors meet endangered indigenous species, and learn about the conservation work that's ensuring their survival. Animals encountered include ostrich, emu, capuchin monkeys, turtles, lemurs and gibbons.

The farmyard heritage section of the wildlife park includes Clydesdale horses, pigs, goats and llamas.

Practical Info

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a 15-minute drive north of central Christchurch. The Christchurch Best Attractions Black Bus connects Willowbank with the city center throughout the day.

Location
Address: 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
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Hours: Open daily 9:30am - 10pm
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Admission: Adults: NZ$25, Children: NZ$10
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry

Book advance tickets to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for guaranteed kiwi sightings and up-close access to native New Zealand species. Booking Willowbank Wildlife Reserve tickets online combines the convenience of advance planning with the flexibility to arrive at any time of day, making it easy to fit this wildlife experience into a full day of travel or sightseeing.
  • Duration: 1 to 5 hours
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Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour

This guided tour from Christchurch includes a Hagglund snowmobile ride at the International Antarctic Centre and a dinner buffet at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Start with the Snow and Ice Experience and watch the antics of playful arctic birds at the Penguin Encounter, then observe both native and exotic animals — including the endangered kiwi bird — at the wildlife reserve after your five-course meal. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry & Guided Kiwi Tour

The only place to see NZ's Big 5 wildlife (kea, kaka, takahe, tuatara and kiwi ) all in one location!  Including a 45 minute guided tour to meet the kea and guaranteed kiwi viewing!Get 'up close and personal' with over 50 different wildlife species!
  • Duration: 1 to 5 hours
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Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert from Christchurch

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Maori Experience including Hangi Dinner and Guided Kiwi Tour

If you’re traveling to New Zealand’s South Island and skipping the North Island, there’s no reason you should miss out on a combined Maori cultural show, hangi dinner, and kiwi bird sighting experience. This combined package includes them all, and is the only place in the South Island to do so. It’s a fun and convenient way to experience New Zealand’s unique culture, cuisine, and nature.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ko Tane Maori Experience including Hangi Dinner

Learn more about New Zealand’s Maori culture while enjoying a delicious hangi dinner located in a natural forest setting. This is the only place in the South Island where you can have such an experience. It’s a fun activity for travelers with all sorts of interests, including those who want to get a glimpse into Maori cultural traditions, as well as families.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

This 6-hour Akaroa shore excursion takes you on a scenic journey into Christchurch via the Banks Peninsula with a visit to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Your tour of the ‘Garden City’ includes a stroll through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and a look at earthquake recovery efforts in the city center. You’ll find exotic critters such as wallabies, gibbons and lemurs at the wildlife reserve, and meet the elusive but iconic kiwi, New Zealand’s national bird.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Christchurch Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing

Treat yourself to a special evening at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch. Experience a traditional Maori cultural performance and view the kiwi bird in its natural habitat. Visit the Ko Tane marae, a living Maori village, where you’re informed and entertained with Maori dance and song including the ‘haka' (war dance). Then observe endangered North Island brown kiwis and South Island kiwis— flightless birds native to New Zealand.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Christchurch City Sightseeing - Must See Three Attractions

Visit three must-see Christchurch attractions in one day: the International Antarctic Centre, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Experience firsthand what life is like on the ice of Antarctica via an all-terrain Hagglund ride; observe native and exotic animals at the wildlife reserve; and discover military history with two dozen fully restored aircraft representing the four ages of flight. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Guaranteed Kiwi Viewing & Maori Performance

Experience the South Island's only Māori Cultural Experience & guaranteed kiwi viewing all in one location. An 'up close, personal and interactive' experience including New Zealand's wildlife and culture. • General entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve • 45 minute guided kiwi tour • 1.5 hour interactive Māori Cultural experience
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ko Tane Maori Performance

Experience the South Island's only Māori Cultural Experience - an interactive, fun and educational journey through time of an ancient people. • Experience a traditinal Māori pōwhiri (welcome • Learn about the tools and skills of the Māori hunter • Enjoy an interactive and entertaining kapahaka performance
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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