Willowbank Kiwi Experience

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 that are not displayed behind glass.

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.

Access to Nocturnal House

Made up of 7 hectares of native New Zealand wildlife, rare breeds and exotic animals, a 45 minute Guided Kiwi Tour of the New Zealand area which displays many native NZ birds and animals can be purchased at a small additional cost. We guarantee you will see a Kiwi, often in very close proximity.

Optional Extra

Kiwi Breeding Tour

An exclusive one hour guided tour behind the scenes of the Kiwi breeding program. Learn how kiwi eggs are retrieved from the wild and then brought to Willowbank. Go through the purpose built viewing centre to look into the incubating room and see kiwi eggs being either candled, weighed or turned. Look through the large viewing window to see a newly hatched kiwi chick.

Tour time is 1pm Monday to Friday, needs to booked in advance. Weekend tours can be made by prior arrangement. Tours run only during the breeding season which is October to March each year (subject to variations).

Maximum 15 people per tour. Tours $25 per adult/$10 per child.

Prices – all costs in NZ$ Oct-May.
  • Adult – over 16 yrs
  • Child – 5-15 yrs
  • Under 5 free
Adult $118
Child $


Tour Departure Times Oct. – April
  • Meeting at the end of wharf
  • Please meet at least 15 mins prior to departure
  • Leaves CHC for return trip to Akaroa at 3pm.
Departure 9:30am
Return to Akaroa 4:30pm