Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch

4.2
#2 of 10 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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  • A very spacious wildlife park giving opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animals. You can feed some of the animals at different times of day, do theLion Encounter where they take...  more »
  • This was our 2nd visit to the park and it’s a great way to spend a few hours. There are lots of different animals to see, some special experiences like feeding the lions (for an additional charge), a ...  more »
  • I was expecting a small, basic local zoo but was pleasantly surprised. This place is huge. It is a little bit sleepy and rundown in parts but overall this was a great experience and would highly recom...  more »
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  • Great experience! Not so many animals but the park itself is great. Took about 2 hours of slowly rambling to see everything. Sunny warm weather made this visit unforgettable. Absolute relaxation. Lots of entertainment for kids. Good cafe with a big choice of snacks. Highly recommended!
  • 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.
  • I hadn't been to Orana Park since I was a lot younger and it's still as magical as I remember. I had a blast hanging out with the animals and watching them feed and interact with the keepers. It was a brilliant day. I haven't been on the lion encounter yet but from watching it from a distance even then it was an awesome experience.
  • 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!
  • It was good to see the animals up close. The gorillas were impressive and cougars close to the fence. Rhinos amazing. Giraffe enclosure very cool with the feeding platform. I will go again in the afternoon.
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