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NOWHERE ELSE IN NEW ZEALAND WILL YOU FIND SUCH A WIDE RANGE OF NEW ZEALAND WILDLIFE SO CLOSE TO YOU!

Home to NZ's BIG 5 - all in one place!

Founded by the Willis family more than four decades ago, Willowbank is still owned and operated by members of the founding family.  With more than 120,000 annual visitors, Willowbank is popular with local, national and international visitors.


Being New Zealand’s most comprehensive New Zealand themed wildlife park, the Willowbank experience tells the story of our country’s natural heritage.  Using pioneering and innovative display techniques, with an emphasis on creating a natural environment and an up-close and personal interactive experience, Willowbank showcases one of New Zealand’s best displays of native species.  Willowbank was the first to open a glass-free nocturnal house for kiwi in a natural environment, guaranteeing viewings every time.


Willowbank remains true to three main goals:

1) to be part of the conservation of species

2)  to educate customers and advocate for wildlife

3) to provide entertainment to families and visitors


Willowbank is a New Zealand leader in conservation, with success in many national, Australasian and in-house breeding programmes focusing on New Zealand native and endangered species, as well as many rare and heritage breeds of farm stock.  Scientific research projects, and local partners including the Department of Conservation, the Styx River Living Laboratory, the Rare Breeds Society, the NZ Conservation Trust and the South Island Wildlife Hospital, are supported by and work alongside Willowbank.

 
 

WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING

 

During the school holidays my wife & I visited Willowbank with our grandchildren.
It is hard to express in words just how great the experience was - awesome, fantastic, educational - it had everything we could have hoped for.
My wife had a brief interaction with one of the Kea, which decided her backpack was worth investigating, much to the delight of our grandchildren.
It had been a very long time since my last visit and you are to be commended on the way that you have upgraded and presented the facility.
It was a pleasure to see other families enjoying the experience as well.
We will definitely be back to visit in the future!

- Craig Anderson, Christchurch