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Orana Wildlife Park

Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
03 359 7109
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Ranked #11 of 129 Attractions in Christchurch
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Zoos
Owner description: The largest wildlife reserve in New Zealand houses animals in their natural habitats with few barriers or fences, permitting visitors to see them up... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Good family day out. plenty of opportunities to get close to the animals and take part in feeding times. Good value for money.

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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

What I loved the most was the Lion Cage activity - you get so close to the lions! Beautiful. At all times you feel safe and have many chances to take happy snaps. The only thing a bit uncomfortable is that the vehicle (with the cage attached to it) ran on Diesel and given that we were just above the... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Se had a good time here. We tend to go to zoos with every new city we visit, so we've been to MANY!! I gather the highlight for many is paying to feed the animals but for my toddler, baby and I we were happy to do the normal entry. Good play & picnic facilities and nice open spaces for... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Used to come here as a child, but took my daughter recently and wasnt very impressed. It is looking a little dated, and the animals didnt look overly happy. WIllowbank is a much better option for those with young children, a lot more walking is required at Orana park.

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Brilliant! Everything was awesome and nothing to worry about, besides a lion charging after you! Well, lovely weather equals to a lovely scenic trip so go out and enjoy your scenic adventure at the Orana Wildlife Park!

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Perth, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a lovely zoo experience, with wonderful volunteers for information, really enjoyed the lion experience. Well worth a visit.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lovely zoo in the middle of nature, other activities nearby, read the pamphlet first so you can watch the feeding of various animals in sequence. Best time around one o'clock. There is a little train every hour that takes you around if you wish to. The feeding of the lions is very interesting. If you feel like a close encounter... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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80 reviews 80 reviews
46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I am not a great fan on ZOOS, coming from Jersey and Gerald Durrells great Conservation Ark, but open Parks, where one can see Wild Life is different. I went here several times with my family and friends and is a useful "what shall we do now?" answer.

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It was certainly not the best zoo you'll ever been at, or will be to, but it's well maintained. So if you have some time to kill, why not spend 2-3 hours at this zoo. I'd rate it average to good, certainly worth a go.

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Motueka
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The animals and the staff are great. We did find getting around from one feeding time at one animal to the next was a bit of a mission and we missed or were late. We also thought we ended up backtracking a lot to do this. This was a bit of a shame. A bit gutted that we were there... More

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