Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch

4.2
#1 of 9 in Zoos & Aquariums in South Island
New Zealand's only open-range zoo, Orana Wildlife Park allows you to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world. The diverse complex spans 80 hectares (198 acres) and provides a home to over 400 animals, including a number of rare and endangered species. When you arrive, check the presentation and feeding schedule for the opportunity to see meerkats, giraffes, and lions enjoying a meal. Get involved in the feeding process yourself by purchasing an "encounter experience." Guided tours take place daily and are offered both on board the safari shuttle and on foot. Use our Christchurch trip planner to visit Orana Wildlife Park on your trip to Christchurch, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We arrived at opening time and quite a few groups of people were already there too. The entry fee is $34 for adults (which I think is a little overpriced but I guess if you stay for quite a few hours ...  more »
  • I can see a number of people complaining about the fact it wasn’t very zoo like - that’s why it’s called itself a wildlife park. There were a number of animals around the whole park with only one name...  more »
  • Great day for the family-ours ranged from 11 to 80+ years. First time back in 10 or so years. LOVED the Great apes new exhibit, and lots of old favourites eg giraffes, lions, tigers & meerkats. Lunche...  more »
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  • Great place to get close to kea as they bop around and feed. We actually saw kiwi too (active and calling), which are usually elusive at other zoos etc. The shuttle was fun and included in the price. Loved the "openness" of the enclosures. Lots of animals about, except the big cats seemed to all be hiding at the time.
  • Lovely to visit. A very busy day but difficult to get around if you have a disability. No step to get on shuttle saw one lady who could not get up into it so had to walk while the rest of her group got on shuttle. I found it very difficult also. Some new design needs to be looked for steps. Not sure how I will get around next time especially on my own.
  • Amazing zoo! Beautiful environment and a variety of different animals. Feeding a girrafe is a must do ! It is a big place but the shuttle bus is always available.
  • Awesome wildlife park. Access is reasonable, however the park is huge, so be aware there is a lot of travel. There is limited cover in the park and due to Canterbury's harsh summers, it can get very hot! likewise, it is probably not great in the rain. There is accessible bathrooms with plenty of room.
  • Big park so be prepared for a good walk. New gorilla enclosure is great. Very knowledgeable staff.

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