New Zealand

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Location:Christchurch & Canterbury

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 and most accessible kiwi viewing area. With this unique experience, you will see our natural splendour first hand, and see Kiwis that are not displayed behind glass. You will 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 our passionate and knowledgable staff will increase the pleasure of your visit.

Opening hours

  • Summer - 9.30am to 7pm (last entry 6pm)
  • Winter - 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Nocturnal House - opens at 10.30am
  • Guided Kiwi Tour - 4.30pm

Ko Tane Maori Cultural Performance on every evening.

Willowbank is the home to Ko Tane - an authentic Maori cultural experience, that will leave you more knowledgeable, moved and laughing. When you join us for a Ko Tane cultural tour, you will be participating in a memorable evening that not only gives you an insight into pre-European Maori culture and lifestyles, but also passes on tradition and inspiration from the opening Powhiri (greeting ceremony) to the closing waiata (songs).

We welcome and encourage your participation throughout the evening. After the performance you will move into the Restaurant where you will be served a 4 course dinner with Hangi cooked mains. We have a fully licensed bar. 

Ko Tane Maori Cultural Performance check in time 5.15pm

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