Willowbank's Christchurch Kiwi EncounterExplore > New Zealand > Christchurch/Canterbury > Willowbank's Christchurch Kiwi Encounter
This unique South Island attraction was established in 1974 by the Willis family, and is still owned and operated by the same family today. Situated on 18 hectares of river gravel, it has taken many years of planting and care to create the lush surroundings Willowbank has today.
Willowbank is a special place combining native New Zealand wildlife, rare breeds, nature and culture – all within the boundaries of Christchurch city.
The staff and owners of Willowbank work alongside the New Zealand Conservation trust, particularly with the kiwi breeding program "Operation Nest Egg". Willowbank is privately owned and receives no government funding. We are extremely grateful for donations. Willowbank has doubled the population of Okarito kiwis thanks to the contribution that visitors to the park have made to the conservation of the kiwi through your reserve entrance ticket.
There are approximately 50 different types of animal (up to 500 individual animals) found in enclosures and wandering free.