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Orana Wildlife Park

Address: Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 359 7109
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Ranked #12 of 108 Attractions in Christchurch
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: The largest wildlife reserve in New Zealand houses animals in their natural habitats with few...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
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.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the time at Orana Park, New Zealand's only open-range zoo and is the place to come to glimpse endangered animals, both native (kiwi and tuatara) and exotic (tigers, wild dogs, cheetah, and zebras). We could feed the animals, so please check the feeding times during your visit to make most of it. Amazing experience, watch the lions out of... More 

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Braunton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Had a great day out here, a very quiet December day out, the park is a little run down, with areas of neglect between each enclosure, and some enclosures looking like they could do with a makeover, but overall a good day out, with enthusiastic staff, animals seemed cared for and regularly stimulated. Just a little more thought could be... More 

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We went to Orana on Friday. After getting a bit turned around we finally arrived and paid $28 each for entry only, which I was willing to pay because I expected great things. Unfortunately, all of the animals on our little map were not on display. We were very excited to see cheetah, the wild dogs and the tazmanian devil... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Fantastic day out for everyone. Been to lots of zoos and parks in the UK and I don't remember any of them being as interactive as this. We got to feed giraffes and farm animals (including Gill the pig, a must see) included in the price. We paid an extra 35 dollars to for the lion experience which was AMAZING!!!... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Tucked out the back of Christchurch but definitely worth heading out there for the day. Lots of attractions but you'll ned your walking shoes. Two people I was with did the lion encounter (in the cage) and just raved about it.

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Took our 5 year old grandson for the first time. Admittedly he did get a little bored as things were so spread out. Not good on a windy day!

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Great with kids not too far to walk (all flat) and if required shuttle cycles pretty quickly. Small enough to see it all before (young) children lose interest. Had great service at restaurant went out of their way to accommodate small children.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I took part in a visit with three classes of school children ranging from year 0 to year 2(inclusive). The team of zoo educators were fantastic. They were extremely knowledgeable and very well suited to their jobs. They imparted the information to the children but were very flexible about following the children's line of inquiry. Our visit was really interesting... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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99 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Orana park is a great little wildlife area with so many awesome animals :), the baby cheetahs when i was there were just super cute, its also even though gets busy great to have a go at feeding the giraffe

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Matamata, New Zealand
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I am an animal fanatic and this felt like heaven, paradise or the place of choice for me! Great area, plenty of space, good signage, friendly staff and plenty of feeding shows to attend or avoid if you aren't into larger crowds. Animals are well cared for and the grounds are in good condition. Orana lives up to its well... More 

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