Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch is one of the top New Zealand visitor attractions where you will experience New Zealand wildlife first hand and learn about the diversity of this country's natural environment and history.
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 in their natural environment.
We invite you to watch and enjoy our unique native wildlife, become friends and feed our farm animals and learn about the introduced pests that have influenced New Zealand's bio-diversity.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.
In the evening enjoy Ko Tane, an authentic Maori cultural experience, where you will be greeted with a traditional powhiri(greeting), treated to a cultural performance and show and explore our living village and wildlife reserve. Ko Tane comes complete with a 4 course meal with a hangi cooked mains. For bookings please check the Ko Tane website, or phone Willowbank on 03 359 6226 for availability.
Restaurant and Gift Shop
Willowbank has an award winning Christchurch restaurant with floodlit views of surrounding wildlife and gardens. Cafe and a children's menu is available during the day. Willowbank provides a unique restaurant dining experience in Christchurch, with wonderful ambience and the unique surroundings of the reserve. You and your family can enjoy sitting in front of the fire in winter while watching deer grazing outside the windows. Our Chefs focus on bringing you the very best of New Zealand cuisine
The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Gift Shop is themed to Natural New Zealand and provides great gift ideas for those at home or as a treat for visitors. Items for sale in the Christchurch gift shop are often original and unique and not always found in other stores. Lanolin, paua and bee pollen products along with clothing and souvenirs are amongst the most popular items in this native, natural and uniquely themed retail outlet.
Open daily 9.30am - 7pm summer & 9.30am - 5pm winter The Natural New Zealand Area of the Reserve is lit with guided tours at 4.30pm. Kiwi are able to be viewed from 10.30am until closing
Only 5 minutes from Christchurch International Airport and 15 minutes by car from the central city, Willowbank provides convenient access when either arriving or departing from Christchurch Airport.