Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the kiwi as it forages by your feet.
Embark on a journey through the history of New Zealand. See the impact of introduced species in ‘Wild NZ’ and meet old livestock breeds in ‘Heritage NZ’. Experience native wildlife in ‘Natural NZ’ and share our hope for their future. Relax and enjoy your experience in conservation.
Willowbank is great fun for the whole family with lots of animals to hand feed, donkey rides available weekends and school holidays and a café providing a wide selection of homemade food and espresso coffees all reasonably priced.
Annual Passes are available for the equivalent of just 2 visits making them the most cost-effective option families.
Open 364 days a year from 9.30am – only closed Christmas Day!