Trip Planner: South Pacific / New Zealand / South Island / Canterbury Region / Christchurch / Orana Wildlife Park
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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Orana Wildlife Park reviews
Feel very sorry for this zoo, lovely staff and animals, but man it is run down, can see it lacks finance to upgrade, everything is poorly maintained and of a very low standard for a zoo, kids enjoyed.... more
Feel very sorry for this zoo, lovely staff and animals, but man it is run down, can see it lacks finance to upgrade, everything is poorly maintained and of a very low standard for a zoo, kids enjoyed.... more »
Orana Park I am sorry to say that I was not a fan of this zoo. It certainly isn’t of an international standard. It is expensive and not that nice. The animal enclosures at times feel far away. And.... more
Orana Park I am sorry to say that I was not a fan of this zoo. It certainly isn’t of an international standard. It is expensive and not that nice. The animal enclosures at times feel far away. And.... more »
Lovely day in the sun. There s plenty of room to move and most animals could be seen easily. Great place to visit for families. Recommended.
Lovely day in the sun. There s plenty of room to move and most animals could be seen easily. Great place to visit for families. Recommended. more »
A must do experience if you come to Christchurch. Fabulous. We enjoyed a lot. Even better if feeding time can be arranged in order without going from this corner to that corner. Then we could have more viewing time on all animals . Other than that it's a nice collection of animals with a feeling in a day at Savannah. Team was so helpful and knowledgeable too. I recommend this to any family who is looking to spend a day in Christchurch.
What a beautiful place. The animals were easily visible in their habitats. The different kinds of animals were awesome to see. Great walking facilities allowed our young grandson ample room to walk around and have a look at everything. Our favorite part was the Tigers 🐅 and the Giraffes 🦒 Was an awesome day out Thank you 😊
Wonderful facility and very educational plus a lot of fun. The outside eating area is well done and the variety of food and drinks available are more than adequate. Well worth a day out - you will want to keep going back.
Although the park is nice to walk around, it seems to be in need of some TLC. The cafe has a good range of food that is reasonably priced but it is very popular and can get very busy, there is outside and inside seating. Not all the enclosures have animals anymore, (our previous visit there were no tigers) this visit there were two. Overall a nice 1/2 day walk around.
Went to Orana park recently. Was worried about the lion pacing in the enclosure by itself. When we returned at the end of the day it was still in the enclosure. Does it get let out usually. The pacing makes it look really bored. Also there was a lot of areas where there was overgrown grass green water and no animals in them which was confusing. The enclosures which had animals in them were great tho. It would be good to know if any activities are provided for the animals to keep them stimulated. Really educational otherwise.
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