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“Lions cubs...need I say more?”

Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
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Ranked #17 of 117 things to do in Rotorua
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

This place was a little hard to find with just road signage. Turns out we just hadn't gone far enough. So if you go past the Agrodome, and think you've gone the wrong way or missed it, keep going. We arrived later than we'd planned so had to rush through. Give yourself plenty of time, and buy the bags of food because they'll help you get some really good photos, just dont use it all up at the first couple spots. Rachel was terrific at helping us get some photos with the cubs and they were so cute! The staff was great, the facility was clean and well-maintained, and the animals were well-cared for. This is a relaxing and truly memorable experience.

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Reviewed June 27, 2012

We went on a drizzly overcast week day and thanks to another review on here, got our tickets free due to purchasing a "Rotorua Hot Deal" with the Rotorua I-Site. We went to a Cultural Show/Hangi at Mitai Village and got tickets to Paradise Valley free. More info here: http://www.rotoruahotdeals.com/the-cultural-experience

As I mentioned the weather wasn't that great but it could not put a damper on our experience. We got there around 11.30am and went straight to the cubs. There was just one other family in there and nobody else! We could spend as much time as we wanted to with the cubs and it was just fantastic. No pressure and no rush. They were gorgeous.

I would suggest if you are going specifically for the cubs, as we did, to go during the week (go in the morning at the first session before the cubs get tired) and I would guess this place gets really busy in the school holidays. Anyway we took the advice of another reviewer on here and purchased the food upon entering the park. It was a bit expensive for the amount of food you got but still was extremely cool to handfeed all of the birds and animals, who were so friendly! Not one had sharp teeth :o) Although we didn't handfeed the pigs just in case. Hehe.

The walk through the forest was just fab. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The only bit that we were disappointed in was the spring. We followed the signs but couldn't see anything there, just a pool? So not sure if that was it. Expected it to be an actual spring out of the ground. Maybe we got that wrong?

We decided to go back to town for lunch and return for the lion feeding at 2.30pm. Rotorua township is only about a 10 minute drive so we had lunch and went back to the park as your stamp is good for the entire day and you can come and go as you please.

The weather packed up a bit at lion feeding time and we got a bit wet, they should really have some kind of shelter for this, such as a carport/overhang type structure. And I did feel the enclosure was small for such large animals.

We then did the bush walk and fed the animals all over again because it was so cool. It was great to finally meet a Kea face to face. Handfeeding the wallabies was awesome too. The trout pools were amazing. Friendly helpful staff, very clean toilets. All in all we give 5 stars and would go back.

We are adults (over 40) and had a blast but what a cool day it would be for kiddies.

1  Thank Pachewychomp
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

We arrived in time to view the lions being fed, very impressed with the enclosure, and the condition of the animals. Enjoyed immensely patting the cubs and watching them play, even went back for seconds!! Staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and eager to make your visit exciting and enjoyable. The walk was pleasant, informative with information about the animals and the native fauna along the way, i would highly recommend!!

Thank Vicki C
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

What a amazing experience to get so close to baby cubs to pat and play. Especially loved the feeding of the lions. Great park

Thank Bec P
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

The cute lion cubs, and viewing the feeding of the adult lions

Thank Leanne M
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