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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. Before you head to Christchurch, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Christchurch holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Christchurch has to offer, including Orana Wildlife Park.
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  • This wildlife park is amazing - so many different and rarely seen animals. We had a great time, especially on the lion encounter. Being able to go out and get incredibly close to these lions was such ...  more »
  • This is a grea park to take the family too with lots of animals in well presented enclosures. They al look happy and can run round happily so we -the public- can see them playing  more »
  • Visited here with my daughter and grandchildren. Very interesting place and a must for small inquisitive children. IT is very well laid out and a shuttle is available to ferry people around the zoo, s...  more »
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  • Felt more comfortable about seeing the animals in the enclosures here than I have at any other zoo. They appeared to have strong involvement with conservation and education which was great. Spent a lovely morning with my grandmother walking around investigating the different animals.
  • My family and I did the lion encounter and was well worth the $45 per person for the experience. Seeing a gorilla with only glass between you and him was awesome to be able to get that close. Only negative was the distance between you and some of the African animals great they have so much space but was hard to see them.
  • My husband and I had a wonderful experience here during our vacation to NZ. Being from the States, this is the closest we have ever been to these exotic animals. We opted to do the lion encounter and even in the rainy drizzle, we didn't regret it for a second. You truly get an up close experience with the lions that you can get nowhere else. The animals were all extremely active when we came and the zoo is super informative in how we can actively help keep these wonderful animals alive.
  • Lions! :) Good facilities which are reasonably well maintained. It's a large area so parents with young kids will want to plan for that. They have an updated playground area so that will help breakup the long walk.
  • A wild life park where the animals are well cared for and have space to roam. Small, intimate but fascinating place

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Offering an extensive range of hotels, hostels, motels with kitchens, and campsites, Christchurch makes a great place to set up camp as you explore the city and beyond. The greatest diversity of accommodations clusters in the city center next to North and South Hagley parks. You'll find apartments, boutique and luxury hotels, and backpacker hostels in the central district and towards the coast, while cheaper places to stay--such as motels, RV parks, and economy hotels--dot the outskirts and the area surrounding the airport.
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