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“Excellent way to spend a day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park
Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
03 359 7109
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Ranked #12 of 108 Attractions in Christchurch
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Adelaide
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent way to spend a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We decided we wanted to spend our first day in NZ at Orana Wildlife Park. Sure not a particularly NZ experience but the idea of jumping in a cage with some lions was too much for us to resist. The park was well prices (much cheaper than all our zoos and wildlife parks at home). I found the park to be very clean and all the animals seemed well looked after and happy. I have to give full credit to the staff and volunteers at Orana. They really knew their stuff. We went along to several of the animal feedings and got the chance to feed the giraffes. Beautiful animals. Then we were able to - for the small fee of $30EA - get into a caged truck and be driven into the lion enclosure. It was an absolute highlight! The lions were absolutely stunning and it was a great way to see them upclose. It's a very clever way to educate people about wildlife.
There are a good number of NZ natives which we were very excited to see. Despite it being a cold day it was absolutely amazing and I would definately recommend anyone visiting Christchurch to pay them a visit.
Would love to come back again especially when you have the gorilla enclosure established.

Visited June 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Amazing Encounters”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I have been to this park several times in the past and everytime I see something new. This is a wild life park so don't expect enclosures like you'd find in a Zoo. This I believe is probably one of the best parks of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. They have several keeper encounters one not to be missed is the Giraffe one. You get to hand feed browse to several giraffe and its amazing. The keepers do scheduled publics feeds every day which have a usually come with a small talk and Q & A sometimes. The park also does several encounters that cost an extra $30 each. These include Lion Encounter, Meet a Cheetah encounter,Feed Lemurs and Feed a Tiger. Anyone of these is well worth the money its a unique experience and close encounter! I have done both the Feed a tiger and Lion encounter. The park is set out well and fairly flat to walk around.

Visited July 2012
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Thames, New Zealand
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“DO THE LION ENCOUNTER RIDE!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I highly recommend the Lion Encounter Ride when you visit this park. You sit in a cage on top of a truck and get driven through the lion enclosure and the lions climb and sit on the cage. It's breathtaking!! And it is only $30 per person, so cheap for the amazing experience you get. I have never been so close to lions!

The park it self was also good. The enclosures were big and the animals had lots of space although I must say they looked quite plain and empty with not much enrichment for the animals. I loved feeding the giraffes for free, that was amazing! I also really enjoyed watching the wild dogs getting fed.

Over all, quite a good day!

Visited May 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“A good day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Large park with a surprising variety of animals. The place doesn't get busy, and is well worth an outing. The price ($30ish) seems expensive, but there is enough to keep you busy at least half a day. One of the few places in Christchurch to see Kiwis (the birds, not the people). Worth arriving before 10am to catch most of the feeding times.

Visited May 2013
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Christchurch, NZ
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“We love it!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Orana Park is actually well worth the trip! I know zoos etc are not rated today but this is a wildlife experience! This park runs active breeding programmes to help endangered animals. You can get up close and personal to loads of animals and even feed the giraffees which is well worth the 15 minute waiting time. A great wee train to travel around on if your not up for the walk and the volunteers are a great source of information :)

Visited May 2013
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