Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
This is your guaranteed opportunity to see a real kiwi! This is a fantastic place for all the family as the range of experiences ensures there is something for everyone. For the littlies, ‘Heritage New Zealand’ provides an opportunity to see up close, feed and even touch a range of delightful animals including Kune Kune (pigs), rare breeds of sheep and cattle, Clydesdales, miniature horses, goats, sheep and much more. They will also enjoy the animals of ‘Wild New Zealand’ which include wallabies, gibbons, monkeys, otters and the ring tailed lemurs. The older children will enjoy the wonder of spotting Kiwi in an open and natural environment and learn about introduced pests, New Zealand’s natural history and will (we promise!) be captivated by the huge range of fascinating wildlife. Interested in hosting a birthday party? There are lots of fun options (cost includes entry, party packs, animal food and farm option). When you are all worn out, pop into the Café and refresh yourselves!
Adult $32.50, Child (5-14 years) $12, under 5's free, Family $81 (2 adults plus 3 children).
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(Kiwi Card) Adult $69, Child $21, Family $149
An Annual Family Pass is also available allowing unlimited entry for one year. (conditions apply)
9.30am to 7pm (October to April)
9.30am to 5pm (May to September)
Our team at Willowbank love providing entertainment for your whole family, which makes us a great place to start when you are looking for Christchurch things to do in the holidays, or year round. Our great value Family Day Pass means that 2 adults and up to three children can spend a full day in the Reserve or an Annual Pass gives unlimited entry for a full year for 2 adults and up to three children.
Junior Keeper Programme
For children aged 10-14 years who love animals! School holidays between 10.30am—2.30pm
A behind the scenes experience into life as a Keeper. Work alongside one of our keepers to help with the feeding, watering of our animals and birds and cleaning their enclosures. Be ready to have heaps of fun in a very hands-on way.
Click here for more information on being a Junior Keeper for the day!
These are held on Saturdays and Sundays and during school holidays. There is a choice from 3 different menu’s and you can ‘add-on’ donkey rides and or face painting.
Cost includes entry into the park for the children in the party but does not include adult entry or any refreshments for adults.
Donkey rides and face painting on weekends and holidays. Most school holidays a Junior Keeper for the Day is held where children between 10 and 14 years join up with a keeper to learn, feed & care for the wildlife.
Toilets and wheelchair toilets available.
Cafe available for hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunches.