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Orana Wildlife Park

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793 McLeans Island Road | McLeans Island, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 7109
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Mixed bag

Good points- free shuttle every hour to take you around.(needed when it's very hot) Very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Janet H
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auckland
Big zoo

Paid extra to get in to the cage to feed the tigers. Omg...so scary but lots of fun. What a good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rebecca A
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Set in 80 hectares within 15 minutes’ drive of Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. We get you up close and personal with the animals. Imagine hand feeding a majestic giraffe; seeing New Zealand's only gorillas; eye balling the magnificent white rhino; meeting New Zealand’s national icon, the kiwi, or travelling through the Lion Reserve! Over 400 animals representing more than 70 species are displayed at the Park. Regular animal feed presentations occur daily and are accompanied by a presentation from a wildlife guide. Visitors can enjoy the antics of tigers, cheetah, Tasmanian devils, monkeys, meerkats and more. Two large walk-through aviaries enable you to see some of New Zealand’s unique native birds and Orana is home to a wide range of native reptiles. Visitors can pet domestic animals in the Farmyard. Orana is internationally renowned for its involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for endangered exotic and native species. When you visit, you are supporting our conservation work. It’s a full day of fun for everyone at Orana Wildlife Park!
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  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lion encounter” (99 reviews)
“feeding times” (64 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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793 McLeans Island Road | McLeans Island, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
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+64 3-359 7109
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good points- free shuttle every hour to take you around.(needed when it's very hot) Very informative staff if you keep to the schedule of animal feeding. Feeding the giraffes was a highlight. Bad points- quite expensive to get in and to buy anything at all,...More

Thank Janet H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Paid extra to get in to the cage to feed the tigers. Omg...so scary but lots of fun. What a good experience. Highly recommended

Thank Rebecca A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited a few zoos before and nothing comes close to this (unless you're in an African wildlife park!) Very little concrete and loads of space. Allow 4 hours minimum. The map works well. There's no set pattern, just head your own way. Highlights...More

Thank Nicholas M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit orana park often and there is always something new to see. These people do so much towards breeding programmes that help endangered species. Please support them as they are solely funded by sales and donations.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While on holiday in Christchurch, as a Birthday Treat our Son, his Wife and two of their three Children ( boy's aged 6 year's and 3 years ) shouted myself and my husband ($34.50 for each Adult, $ 9.50 for a Child ( 5 -...More

Thank Barbara R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple hours at Orana Wildlife Park and it was a great day out, the animal exhibits were spacious and well-planned and the staff seemed to really love working there which is awesome to see. We fed the giraffes and had a good...More

Thank Sam K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately we chose a very hot day to visit the park. A lot of the animals were hidden away trying to keep cool, unlike the visitors struggling around in the heat. We ended up using the shuttle to get around and that was a blessing....More

Thank W7824FSmicheleb
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic wildlife park. Lots of opportunities for close encounters. Shuttle goes round the park every 30 minutes and you can hop on and off. We were lucky enough to see the water buffalo in the water! Great playground for kids. Cafe has a great selection...More

Thank nun2
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had 4 adults and two children in our party the park kept us all throughly entertained. Actually it was the animals and the attendants. It’s great when the carers love their job and are really informed about the animals. The children got to feed...More

Thank Vegetarianherione
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this place with a friend, we're both very much interested in animals and wildlife. We loved this zoo! The animals look well-taken care off and the exhibitions are very spacious. It's a quite large zoo, so be prepared to be walking quite a...More

Thank VeraEngeland
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Janicey519
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Response from Ohippy | Reviewed this property |
It definitely depends on what you are after. The Antarctic centre is more of an experience with a 3D movie, trip in an all terrain vehicle, snow room and a museum and some penguins. Orana is a wildlife park where the... More
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Yes i believe gift vouchers are available
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Response from TravellingPal | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if there is public transport from the airport. I had a rental car. Check the airport website for possible transportation.
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