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Address: Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 359 7109
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Description: The largest wildlife reserve in New Zealand houses animals in their...
The largest wildlife reserve in New Zealand houses animals in their natural habitats with few barriers or fences, permitting visitors to see them up close and feed the gentler species.
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I took four grandchildren aged from 6 to 16 years and we all had a great time. Even although it was cold we decided to walk rather than travel on the train. This kept us warm as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I took four grandchildren aged from 6 to 16 years and we all had a great time. Even although it was cold we decided to walk rather than travel on the train. This kept us warm as well as ensuring we didn't miss anything. The animals and birds are kept in large spaces and are able to move freely and... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our time at Orana Park. We went in February but it was a coldish day and did not allow ourselves enough time to look around and found ourselves having to rush through. I would definitely recommend people put aside a few hours to enjoy the park properly (we had two hours). Regardless we got to feed giraffes... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Where to start? Its been a few months since last there, had my 7yo daughter with me. First off its bloody expensive, what is with christchurch tourist locations trying to fleece holiday makers, or even locals for that matter. Time dependent as animals tend to not realise they're on show for us so a lot of them like to disappear... More 

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Auckland
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96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Outstanding .Lion enclosure a must but also wide variety of animals now including gorillas .Feeding of some animals including Zebras - Bird section including Keas - also excellent Can recommend

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Tahiti, French Polynesia
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

nz Family and friends told us to visit the orana zoo ,of course a great place to see different kind of animals in south island. They are bulding news enclosures for the gorilla(Backsilver kind).My son and I were the cage of the lions to feed then by the staffs of the zoo on pickup car incredible;so fun to feed and... More 

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Rockhampton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Not the best zoo or wildlife park we have visited. Entry on the pricey side considering the lack of animals available for viewing and the way it is all set out. We felt our time could have better been spent going somewhere else. A shame, as we thought this would be a great place to visit.

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Wagga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great enclosures and a great variety of animals. Looks as though it has been there a while now as they are expanding the property and building new enclosures. Cafe lunch is fantastic and the staff through the park are friendly and up for a chat. Don't go on a windy day though as the cold wind cuts through you.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Having been to bigger Zoos before. I wasn't expecting much from the park. I went because my 9 y/o insisted that we go (we have a couple of days to kill while waiting for my husband to attend his conference) Following a valuable advice from TA poster, we arrived just before 10.30 and started with the 1st feeding session (meerkats)... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Much better than I thought! Really informative guides and clean, well maintained park, beautiful animals, lovely setting, felt like we were back in South Africa! I would recommend buying a years pass for good value, and returning any day you like Could take at least a full two days to enjoy all it has to offer (: We had a... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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40 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Having suffered badly after the quakes it's really nice to see this place having some money spent on it again. The gorilla enclosure (now open I believe) was being built when we last visited and will be a great asset to the park. Nice spacious enclosures, we spoke to some very informative keepers who happily answered all our daughter's questions.... More 

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