The only Wildlife Park in the world you can meet New Zealand’s Big 5; our National symbol the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and see New Zealand’s rarest agricultural breeds.

Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Feed the eels or relate to the lemur. Make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the Kiwi as it forages by your feet in the ‘forest by night’.

Willowbank is also the location of Ko Tane, the South Island’s only Maori Cultural show and Hangi dinner. Come and be enchanted by Tane Mahuta, the Maori God of the forest and learn how the pre-European Maori lived in the South Island of New Zealand.

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Opening hours

May - September
9.30am - 5pm

October - April
9.30am - 7pm

Guided Kiwi Tour

Ko Tane Maori Cultural Experience
5.30pm (bookings essential)

Transport Options

Willowbank is based 20 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from Christchurch International Airport. It is also on bus route 107 with a stop near the gate.