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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  • October 5, 2017
    ,Take the family and take your tiime to enjoy and savour the moments...Ttake lunch or buy make a day of it . Very enjoyable  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We took our 2 year old grandson to Orana on a recent trip to Christchurch. It was at least as good as on our last visit a couple of years ago. Great to see them continuing to enhance the Park. All the...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We went in August on a slightly drizzly day but it was great-not many people to wait in line for. We got to feed the giraffes but we missed the lion feeding at 2.30pm so be aware of this time where yo...  more »
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  • September 18, 2017
    Spent close to 4hrs at Orana park on Saturday. Many empty enclosures at the moment which was a shame. The meerkats are always a huge hit with my boys though. After walking around the park we took the shuttle tour. It was a nice day out.
  • September 6, 2017
    Of the two wildlife reserves in christchurch, this is the one you want to visit. It's clean, the animals soar well cared for, and the staff and volunteers are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They went out off their way to point out photographic opportunities several times during my visit.
  • July 2, 2017
    I visited with my 5 year old granddaughter. We walked around for just over 2 hours and saw everything. Fed a giraffe, the animals were all healthy and happy except maybe the cheetahs pacing up and down the fenceline. My granddaughter particularly liked the porcupine and I enjoyed seeing the Tasmanian Devil. Keep up the good work staff.
  • August 16, 2017
    Park like setting for animals. Feeding times give you the opportunity to see the animals up close. In the winter the monkeys are not out on the Island though.
  • August 22, 2017
    We spent 4 hours here. It was not looking enough to see and do every thing. This was an awesome day out. Thank you.

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