Safari in Christchurch at Orana Wildlife Open Range Zoo. An adventure for everyone.
- Hand feed a willowy graceful giraffe
- Eye to eye with an enormous powerful white rhino as you picnic just metres away
- Meet a native New Zealand kiwi (bird)
- Go on safari accompanying keepers feeding the lions in their reserve
- Join complimentary guided tours
- No steel fences or wire enclosures with streams, moats and banks adding as natural barriers
Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Park has been developed as an open range sanctuary for endangered animals, providing them with enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible. Over 400 animals from 70 different species are displayed and there are various daily encounters allowing up close experiences with the animals.
An ultimate day out year round with the dedicated Orana Park team. Orana is justifiably proud of Orana’ss involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for endangered exotic and native species. When you visit, you are supporting the Park’s conservation work.
Become immersed in the antics of Orana Park’s wildlife:
- New Zealand wildlife has a special place at Orana
- New Zealand kiwi, the feathered ambassador for Aotearoa New Zealand
- Tuatara, a living dinosaur
- Mountain parrot, Kea
- Native gecko species
- For the urban kids meet and greet pet friendly farmyard animals.
Check Orana Park’s daily animal presentations.
For shuttle services to Orana Park, click here.
What is there to do nearby Orana Park, Christchurch?
Nearby Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch is The Willows, Waimakariri River Regional Park with great swimming holes, picnic areas and toilets. The area is a designated New Zealand Caravan Association parking area, check out Christchurch top picnic spots – Best Bits for more outdoor spaces to explore in Christchurch and beyond.
Christchurch International Antarctic Centre is 15 minutes from Orana Park. While you would need your own transport the two experiences have the makings of a memorable holiday experience for the kids and family members.
Steam Scene, Waimakariri provides a fascinating glimpse into the heart of the industrial revolution and the role early transport played. Check Steam Scene Museum for opening hours beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Orana Wildlife Park tempts visitors to spend the day at the Park …
- Scenic scenic picnic areas overlooking wildlife from rhinos to spider monkeys
- Adventure playground with flying fox, slides and climbing equipment with giraffes and majestic bison watching you zoom past
Complimentary guided tours – Orana Wildlife Park
Orana Wildlife fosters greater understanding of both native and exotic wildlife. Enjoy the meet, greet and feeling connected to the welfare of Christchurch’s wildlife inhabitants as you walk or join a guided shuttle tour with guides chatting about their charges.
A range of guided tours are provided daily to enhance the visit experience.
- Check with the Orana team the frequency of the safari shuttle as you enter the park (approximately 25 minutes circuit drive around the Park)
- Daily walking tours accompanying guides as they feed the animals
- Highlight for many visitors is the LION ENCOUNTER – PAID GUIDED TOUR
Orana Wildlife Park Travel Tips
Children 14 years of age and under must be supervised and will not be permitted into the zoo without a supervisor.
Entrance Ticket Details For Orana Wildlife Park
- Admission fees
- Free entry for children under five years.
- Senior and Students discounts apply
How to Reach Orana Wildlife Park
- The Orana Wildlife Park provides door to door shuttle service. Fees apply and book beforehand This is not a complimentary service though and hence is chargeable.
- Hiring a taxi is recommended.
- Cafe within the Park premises.
- Picnic tables are also available.
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