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Address: Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-359 7109
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The largest wildlife reserve in New Zealand houses animals in their natural...

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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it was amazing to see the awesome wildlife. I thought the cafe served nice snacks but wouldn't be amazing for lunch.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it was amazing to see the awesome wildlife. I thought the cafe served nice snacks but wouldn't be amazing for lunch.

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Thank Marshall P
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to get up close and personal with a lion, and you don't want to go on safari in Africa, then you should check out Orana Wildlife Park. This is a lot like a zoo, but you feel a lot closer to many of the animals because of the way they are presented. My daughter enjoyed helping to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Interesting wildlife park. Never seen so many rhinos in one place before. A good stroll around the park, easy to see animals. Cheetahs, gorillas, giraffe. Even got to see a busy kiwi bird!

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Thank Julie W
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this zoo - especially being up close with the gorillas. Make sure you have good walking shoes as it is a quite expansive zoo. Allow a good couple of hours to see everything and I thought it was well priced.

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Thank Donna S
Christchurch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Orana park has huge outdoor areas for all its animals. The park does a great job of providing awareness and education about endangered species. They also offer a few up close encounters that would be hard to find anywhere else in the world, take a trip into the lion cage at feeding time... it's pretty exciting :)

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Thank LindsayandSteve
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My teen daughter is an avid photographer and we went on a weekday - best use of a days leave ever. Had a brilliant time and she got lots of photos. LOVED out time in the Kea house - they are SO naughty and you need your wits about you but is amazing experience. LOVE the Gorillas - and wish... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled from Hawkes Bay especially to see the gorillas and were so pleased, they were amazing, beautiful animals. The whole park was excellent with so many animals, more than I ever thought. Take the best part of a day and take your time. I went back to the Gorillas 3 times before leaving. Staff are friendly and helpful and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Orana Wildlife park is an open zoo so many of the animals enjoy more space but it does mean much longer walking distances to get around. There are lots of big cats and African animals. The new Ape enclosure is also very good. Some parts of the zoo look a bit tired but generally the facilities were good. Try... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in the Christchurch area, especially if you have kids in tow then a visit to this open air zoo is a must see venue. It has vastly improved from the first time we visited and this is a tribute to the hard work by the team that runs the zoo. Great facilities and easy to get around. Recommended.

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Thank Tony W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Considering the latitude and the effort needed to keep this collection I believe it's well achieved. It gives the opportunity for children to realise the size of the wildlife they may otherwise know only from tv. It also allows families or groups to spend a day with a good possibility of learning about fauna and flora in a setting that's... More 

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