Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch

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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 visited Orana on an unseasonably warm day in September which made for a great day to be outside. This is less a zoo and more a conservation and research centre for animals which means that the majo...  more »
  • We visited the Park to bridge the time between accommodation-checkout and return of the rental car at the airport. These four hours were just good. The animals have huge enclosures, not restless back and forth with 6 white rhinos, Lions and tigers, Buffalo that can sometimes put a Sprint and a big facility for Tasmanian Devils have inspired us. The KEA feeding nurses were answered. Away from the biodiversity of European zoos, Orana shows more often means less for the animals. We enjoyed the stay and will gladly recommend the Park.
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  • Arranged by our hosts, this wouldn't be the type of place we'd visit but it was our last chance to see kiwi and kea. In captivity was better than not at all. The kea were impressive, large and trucule...  more »
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  • Amazing place!!! We had so much fun!! We did the lion experience which is a must as you get to see how big they really are!! We also got to feed the giraffes, rhinos and watch the cheetahs get fed. The weather wasn’t great, but we still had an incredible day. We also managed to catch a glimpse of a kiwi at feeding time. The animals look well taken care of which is good. This is a definite must to visit. It is out of the way so you may feel like you are going the wrong way.
  • Fabulous day - the feeding times are great as you can get quite up close to the animals. They are well looked after and the staff are all friendly and knowledgeable. Food was reasonably priced and well cooked. The park is extremely large, and although initially it looks overgrown, in places, I liked it as it gave the place character. Wear good walking shoes. We did the lion experience and it was just amazing! Very highly recommended! As it is run 100% as a charitable trust, their breeding programme and what they want to achieve is a credit to them. I will be going back!
  • We had a really nice afternoon there. Some of the enclosures are unused and look a bit rundown, but there were plenty of other animals and the gorilla enclosure is amazing. Taking one of the free little coach tours around the park is definitely recommended while there. The staff are knowledgeable and very friendly.
  • There's something special about this Park. The workers & volunteers seem to genuinely care and enjoy the work they do, it shows and adds to the warm feel this park has. We really enjoyed the gorilla enclosure and the shuttle was a great option of getting around the Park. I wouldn't bother paying to get a close-up of the lions, as you get as good a view from outside the enclosure.
  • The animals seemed well taken care of (which is very important to us), there was a good variety of native and foreign animal species. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the food was great and prepared in a reasonable amount of time. The only bad thing I have to say about our visit there was that the groundskeeping was quite awful. Pathways overgrown, the occasional tripping hazard across the path, and a lot of the landscaping seemed to be... Dead. It Almost made the experience feel cheap (in a bad way) just because of the maintenance. But if you're looking for a fun day with the kids, a date, or just taking a look for yourself, this is definitely a fun place to visit.

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