Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch

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

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  • We spent a day as volunteer gardeners here. What a great facility. Lots of regular volunteers filling many different roles from animal encounters to driving the bus. Great staff, great volunteers...  more »
  • We arrived just before 10am so it was not so busy as we wandered around. It is nicely organised, we saw most of the animals, the lions were quite active. It is worth the experience. We would go again.  more »
  • Visiting the Gorilla exhibition I was upset to see one of them appearring in quite a depressed state. He was just sitting in the enclosure with his head down while people flocked around the glass...  more »
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  • Would be worth buying season pass just for a regular great place to picnic. Carpark full but so roomy never felt busy in park. Lots of great animals but our favourites were the peacock, trout and friendly (hungry) duck. Such fun!
  • Great place for a date or family activities. Good for those wanting to get away from urban life for the day. There's plenty for kids to do. Even have open areas for a picnic :)
  • Wonderful wildlife park. I have an annual pass so try to come often. The gorrilas are amazing and the complementary shuttle around the park a nice touch. It's so big though we often only visit half of the park in one visit then return and do the other half next time. If you think you'll come twice it's really worth getting the annual pass as it costs about the same as two visits.
  • Loved the Lion Encounter! Feeding the giraffes was good fun and enjoyed watching all the animal feedings. great if you're an animal lover.
  • Best zoo I’ve been too. Very nice large exhibits. Very interactive with the animals well being second to none. Feeding the giraffes was a a very satisfying moment that brought much joy!

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