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Orana Wildlife Park

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Address: Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-359 7109

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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Awesome attraction

We got there right on opening time... I personally would reccommend going closer to midday. Beautiful kept grounds, animals are healthy and happy looking. It was a most enjoyable... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Louise K
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with high hopes, and it was alright but definitely a let down. Many of the exhibits were empty, and enclosures appear to need some work. Won't be back in any rush! The animals were lovely to look at though.

Thank Harriet D
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As an avid zoo goer I have seen them all. This as bad as it gets. The tiger enclosure and the great apes exhibit should be closed. Some animals were presented well. At $34.00 each save your money and stop supporting the display of animals held in captivity in such outdated and cruel displays. Go to Singapore zoo and learn... More 

Thank WaynoLithuania
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place itself is great, lots of animals for the kids to get up close to and have the opportunity to feed some of the animals. The volunteers who drive the bus around the park and very informative and friendly. The only thing I have found is the staff at the front counter could do with putting a smile on... More 

Thank bertyApril2017
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We got there right on opening time... I personally would reccommend going closer to midday. Beautiful kept grounds, animals are healthy and happy looking. It was a most enjoyable outing and pleased I did go.

Thank Louise K
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It takes about 40 minutes to get there from the town centre but it is a fantastic activity on a nice Christchurch day (must be a nice day to enjoy). I took my two teenage kids out there to compliment some of the indoor activities with were force to do as a result of poor weather. It was a well... More 

Thank Moon W
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I have been to plenty of wildlife sanctuaries and this one takes the top! The animals have so much room to roam, you can get so close to so many amazing animals and there is something for everyone! Not one bad thing about this awesome place!

Thank brittany252
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7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were over from Ireland visiting my brother who lives just outside cheviot. We travelled about the South island and we all love animals so decided we had to go to the animal park and it did not dissappiont. We choose to pay extra and do the lion encounter. It was the scariest most fantastic amazing experience... More 

Thank Lucinda M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is out of the city & if your without a car probably not the easiest place to get to but its worth making the effort to get out here. This is an open style wildlife park. There are big cats, gorillas, farm animals, monkeys, birds, rhinos and lots more. We went on a wet day and they only had... More 

Thank Rachel W
Wanaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really impressed with the variety of animals and different feeding sessions. Definitely take a buggy if you have small kids (we hired one for $5) as it's so big to walk around, you could easily spend all day. There is a big park and cafe.

Thank Foodlover438
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this is a great place to go with little kids, the Orana Wildlife Park holds New Zealand's only gorilla and has a petting zoo as well, The Staff is awesome and has a large variety of souvenirs, They also have Kiwi's, Tuatara's and other native animals. I think its a awesome place to go if you are in... More 

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