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.
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