In addition to familiar farm animals and other zoo regulars, Willowbank has a section devoted to New Zealand's unique wildlife, from the national symbol, the kiwi, to the tuatara—the world's only living dinosaur. There's the cheeky mountain parrot, kea; the bush parrot, kaka; and the very rare but majestic takahe. To have all five of these iconic creatures in one place is a rarity. Willowbank is also home to Ko Tane, a fun, interactive
Māori cultural experience followed by a traditional meal with a hangi main course. You'll be greeted with a powhiri, a welcome ceremony, and you can try your hand at swinging the poi, flaxen balls on long strings used in traditional Māori dances (it's not as easy as it looks), or the famous haka. Ko Tane provides complimentary return transport from most motels; phone for times.