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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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Great wildlife park

Took the extended family there on a windy day, which meant the lions and tigers were locked away due to risk of falling trees compromising the enclosures so the kids were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Bomaderry, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

really enjoyed the giraffe feeding and the interaction with the tiger. The keepers were knowledgable and happy to answer any questions

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Took the extended family there on a windy day, which meant the lions and tigers were locked away due to risk of falling trees compromising the enclosures so the kids were disappointed not to see them. Great to walk in amongst the keas and play with them, and to see a kiwi up so close. Perhaps the shuttle bus/train could... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

What a great park. A shuttle goes around the outside edge and you can get on and off as you please. They suggest you follow the daily animal presentations, however at the first presentation, we got so bored of the keeper talking before bringing out the otters that most people, and eventually us, left. The kids loved going around visiting... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I love this place lots of rooms for the animals. Sometimes you have to look hard to see the animals but I would rather have that than see animals in small pens. This is another must see place staff are wonderful

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

We found this place to be excellent 4 the way it presented the animals with beautiful big open spaces plenty of room for them 2 move around & safe viewing areas 4 public excellent 4 children 2 see all & be able 2 learn about animals in their natural environment.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A great family day out. The highlights were feeding time at the Giraffes, Farm and Lion enclosure - make sure you factor these in to your journey around the park. There are shuttles that you can jump on and off and give commentary as they go around. Also the keepers at feeding time give good info as well as the... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The animals look happy, the staff look happy. All the signs indicate that this is a zoo that is really ticking all the boxes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Its a great place to visit if you'd like to see the kiwis and animals up close! We love the lion encounter! Its worth the price paid!:)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We visited in December (on a very hot day) soon it was packed and were upset thee was only the one shuttle operating. This meant the older members of our extended family either had to wait 15 mins to find the shuttle full, or walk between the aniamal displays. Being a busy day I would have thought there would be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you like wildlife it's a good place to start. You can get up close to the lions through the fence or feed them from inside a cage and they're MASSIVE beasts up close. Tasmanian devils are gorgeous and cute and also the white rhinos are beautiful. There is a wide range of African animals. The tigers are also worth... More 

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