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Orana Wildlife Park

Address: Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 359 7109
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Ranked #18 of 185 things to do in Christchurch
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

As much as they do a really good job here the park is run down and out dated in some areas. It would be good if someone could help them out as the animals are awsome but site out dated

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We had not been to orana park for a few years, but had family staying and thought this would be something they would like. We thought prices were reasonable $29.50 (adult) and were given a detailed map of the park. The animals are all wonderful, we were lucky to see baby cheetahs and a new white rhino. watched the lions... More 

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Orana Wildlife Park was a pleasant surprise! A well laid out and very clean park, the high light included the Kiwi's and the Lion encounter. On arriving the sales lady asked if we wanted to stand in a cage and be driven around an enclosure of Lions! it seemed a mad idea but turned out to be very interesting. The... More 

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Rakaia, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Orana park is a great place that devotes a lot of its time to educating schools (zoo school) and the public about animal conservation and doing your part to help out. They offer some amazing encounters such as feeding lions in a cage while driving through their enclosure! Lemur feeding and when they are on display a cheetah encounter too!... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had a great time getting up close to all the animals and if you are there at feeding time you can get to feed some of the animals.

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58 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This place seems a bit unassuming at first. It is very large and spread out - which I guess is good for the animals as they have more space to roam in large enclosures which resemble their natural habitats. It does take a fair bit of walking to get round the place, and at first glance it seemed quiet with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Orana park allows you to get close to the animals and has supervised feed times which you can take part in. But what is great there are a lot of knowledgeable staff who willing share information of the animals and the park in general.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Loving the Meercats they are comical to watch. Thought park was overall a little run down though- which is sad from a locals perspective. Maybe some more fundraising innitiatives would be supported by Cantabs.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is not a zoo this is a big spacious park for wildlife. Lots of the animals have interaction available- there's nothing quite like feeding a Girraffe by hand! U can also be involved with feeding the lions, tigers, cheetahs, Lima's... The list is long and fabulous. Cafe and shop are good and there is a park shuttle if you... More 

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Halkett, Canterbury
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have visited many times since the park opened when our children were small. Now we go with our grandchildren who are animal mad. The large enclosures mean that the animals appear to be living in the wild. Much better for them and a cheaper experience for us than paying to go to Africa!! Cafe is good value, or take... More 

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