Orana Wildlife Park
Orana Wildlife Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Terence L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lions, Tiger's & Kiwis oh my!
    What a lovely place, doing some really good stuff for conservation. Always had a love for nature but found out some really interesting facts. Big shout out to the English lady who did the kiwi talk, really informative and fun.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review Terence. We are delighted to hear you had such a lovely visit to the Park and enjoyed meeting some of our precious animals.
    Written 16 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2023
  • Mindy
    Dunedin, New Zealand11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    exciting .. great place.
    Great place,. very exciting.. i felt bad for the Gorillas.. as classes of kids go in and no one to tell them to get off the bit that says do no stand and they tap the window and the gorillas got annoyed. maybe have watcher there when kids go in ?? there were cameras but that doesnt do much. was horible seeing them running to the window trying to break it. hoping one day you can get a female gorilla in. is great to see there are free bbqs, just take your food in and cook and bbq.. there is a cafe there as well. the staff were lovely, with a lovely lady driving round in the bus cart thing. very informative. is a lot of walking.. you can hire out prams for kids.. and wheelchairs.. there is a first aid place .. cafe and shop.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review following your visit. We are pleased you enjoyed your time at the Park. It saddens us to hear visitors were upsetting our amazing gorilla boys, I will pass this on to our visitor services team to keep an eye on. Thank you again for your feedback it is greatly appreciated.
    Written 28 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Jessica G
    Emerald, Australia49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical visit!
    This was a fantastic experience! The giraffe feeding was magical and such a highlight. We loved seeing all of the animals. The tiger and lions were so majestic. Our favourite was the gorillas who were just mesmerising! The Cafe on-site is fantastic and we had a great lunch! The gift shop also had some really awesome gifts. Thanks Orana!
    Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review! We are so please you had such a magical visit to the Park, meeting so many of our incredible animals. We hope to see you again in the future.
    Written 24 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 March 2024
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Sightseer01522523852
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Nice place but really disappointed you can't see all animals
And walking area is really dangerous
Worse than the animals you can't see
Paths are dangerous and major trip hazard
Amount people pay it should be top notch
Written 2 April 2024
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Hi Sightseer01522523852, thank you for taking the time to write a review following your visit. Naturally, we are disappointed to hear the Park did not meet your expectations. Orana is set on 80 hectares and is home to over 1000 animals representing 90 different species. The balance we aim to achieve in an open range setting is displaying animals in spacious exhibits whilst also not having visitors peer at specks in the distance. Over the years, we have worked hard to develop a range of interesting scheduled daily animal feed presentations enabling visitors to view our animals up close and to interact with the keepers during their public talks. We encourage visitors to follow this schedule to ensure they get the most out of their visit. Orana Wildlife Park is a registered charitable trust and not-for-profit organization. We heavily rely on gate takings to operate and in fact, over 60% of our income is derived from gate sales, so we thank you for visiting. Orana is currently seeking ongoing support from our local city council to help with the ongoing maintenance and upgrades of the Park, if you would like to write a submission please visit our website. Your support goes directly back into the Park and allows us to continue our conservation work, such as breeding kākāriki karaka for release to the wild.
Written 16 April 2024
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Jessica G
Emerald, Australia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was a fantastic experience!
The giraffe feeding was magical and such a highlight. We loved seeing all of the animals. The tiger and lions were so majestic. Our favourite was the gorillas who were just mesmerising! The Cafe on-site is fantastic and we had a great lunch! The gift shop also had some really awesome gifts. Thanks Orana!
Written 22 March 2024
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review! We are so please you had such a magical visit to the Park, meeting so many of our incredible animals. We hope to see you again in the future.
Written 24 March 2024
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DiveCom
Whitianga, New Zealand144 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Totally underwhelming. We saw more animals on our drive from the North Island. It’s a very expensive place to go for a walk. It was extremely sad to see the Kia walking back and forth in their small enclosure. They are very intelligent birds and need space and stimulation, I left feeling depressed.
Nothing exciting to see here, I’m sorry to say.
Written 29 January 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review following your visit to the Park, we are disappointed you found the park to be underwhelming and that there wasn't anything exciting to see. Orana is set on 80 hectares and is home to over 1000 animals representing 90 different species. The balance we aim to achieve in an open range setting is displaying animals in spacious exhibits whilst also not having visitors peer at specks in the distance. Over the years, we have worked hard to develop a range of interesting scheduled daily animal feed presentations enabling visitors to view our animals up close and to interact with the keepers during their public talks. At the moment we have 12 presentation each including giving visitors the opportunity to hand feed our majestic giraffe. Please be assured our precious kea are well cared for and are provided with a range of natural and made made enrichment throughout the day including rotten logs, stone piles, puzzle feeders and more. We do have one kea that does move back and forth along one of the board walks, he does this to decompress, if he has been stressed or overstimulated himself. Our team are aware of this behavior and ensure he always has access to the off display area of the habitat if needed. We do appreciate your concern, but please be rest assured our team care greatly for all of the animals we are privileged to hold.
Written 11 February 2024
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Mindy
Dunedin, New Zealand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Great place,. very exciting.. i felt bad for the Gorillas.. as classes of kids go in and no one to tell them to get off the bit that says do no stand and they tap the window and the gorillas got annoyed. maybe have watcher there when kids go in ?? there were cameras but that doesnt do much. was horible seeing them running to the window trying to break it. hoping one day you can get a female gorilla in. is great to see there are free bbqs, just take your food in and cook and bbq.. there is a cafe there as well. the staff were lovely, with a lovely lady driving round in the bus cart thing. very informative. is a lot of walking.. you can hire out prams for kids.. and wheelchairs.. there is a first aid place .. cafe and shop.
Written 25 January 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review following your visit. We are pleased you enjoyed your time at the Park. It saddens us to hear visitors were upsetting our amazing gorilla boys, I will pass this on to our visitor services team to keep an eye on. Thank you again for your feedback it is greatly appreciated.
Written 28 January 2024
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Kiwitrippernz
Wellington, New Zealand77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Orana Park gas been around for ages and has a good collection of animals - sadly though, the place looks very tired in parts and could do with some significant investment to spruce the place up.

The cafe is hopelessly inefficient - there was an enormous queue for a largely deep fried menu and some reasonable cabinet food.

Come prepared for a lot of walking - in spite of its tired setting, the park has some incredible animals.
Written 29 December 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback following your visit to Orana. Orana Wildlife Park is a registered charitable trust and not-for-profit organization. We heavily rely on gate takings to operate and in fact, over 60% of our income is derived from gate sales, so we thank you for visiting. All capital projects must be separately fundraised for. Your support goes directly back into the Park and allows us to continue our conservation work, such as breeding kākāriki karaka for release to the wild.
Written 8 January 2024
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MarkJSG
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This place is top of the list for an Awesome family day out. The lion encounter is amazing and super up close. Talking about ½ a metre. The Keepers are so helpful and informative too. The afternoon was packed with many other animal encoumters. Hand feeding the giraffes was great!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND 😁
Written 27 August 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review Mark. We are delighted to hear you had such an awesome family day out at the Park! We hope to see you again!
Written 27 August 2023
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Dave H
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Great park nice to see such a variety of animals all with plenty of room to live a natural life
BUT AVOID THE SHUTTLE RIDE there was a OLD Scottish guy driving who announced at the start of the journey that he wouldn’t be speaking through the PA system as the animals would do all the talking for them selves yay we thought .But that old Scottish driver didn’t shut up for 10seconds the volume was at ear drum piercing level then the git even started to sing a random song my god avoid the shuttle unless you want to get deafened by random stories and no real animal facts and a bloody song this isn’t the first time this has happened to me on the shuttle ride around the park
Think they are dottery old volunteers.
Written 22 July 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to review Orana following your visit. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit but disappointed to hear you didn't have a positive experience on our shuttle. Are you able to provide more details about your visit? - Date and approximate time so that we can investigate this. Please email ama@oranawildlifepark.co.nz. Thank you again for providing us with your feedback on your expereince.
Written 23 July 2023
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TheSmiths202
Nelson, New Zealand10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Friendly staff and we felt it was good value for money for a family of 4.
We spent 3 hours but could have stayed longer if we didn't have to drive 6 hours home!
Enjoyed the giraffe feeding and the gorillas the best. Some of the exhibits could be refreshed but overall we didn't mind the slightly rustic feel of it. I wish there was more funding to make some of the exhibits feel a little less dated, with up to date information and graphics. The kiwi house especially could do with some love (and macrons on the Māori words).
Written 25 June 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Park. We are actually in the early stages of building a new native centre including a new nocturnal house. Our current house was the first in the South Island so is definitely due for an upgrade. We are in consultation with Ngāi Tahu for all aspects of the new centre. As all of our major projects are fundraised for this will be a massive effort by the team as it is estimated that it will cost ~$3M. Our team are excited for this project and hope to break ground early next year. Thank you so much for visiting the Park, we hope to see you again.
Written 25 June 2023
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Pioneer52321893840
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Park is amazing, cafe is a huge disappointment. Overpriced, Incompetent staff, got the wrong order 3 times. Coffee was sour meaning the grind was wrong. Avoid this waste of money.
Written 16 June 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the Park. The café is run independently and we have passed your comments on to their management. We are sorry this effected your visit and hope you will consider visiting again.
Written 18 June 2023
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Holly-Sarai B
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Was surprised at how derelict the park has become. There were a few shelters that require upkeep as well as a boarded up building. The only somewhat modern building is the Ape enclosure. Some of the animal viewing was decent however felt the price to what was on display doesn't match what you are expecting to pay for. We are locals of Canterbury so not from out of town. Overall was a below average experience. Orana park definitely requires financial investment.
Written 5 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review Holly-Sarai. Naturally, we are disappointed to hear the Park did not meet your expectations. Orana is set on 80 hectares and is home to over 1000 animals representing 90 different species. The balance we aim to achieve in an open range setting is displaying animals in spacious exhibits whilst also not having visitors peer at specks in the distance. Over the years, we have worked hard to develop a range of interesting scheduled daily animal feed presentations enabling visitors to view our animals up close and to interact with the keepers during their public talks. Orana Wildlife Park is a registered charitable trust and not-for-profit organization. We heavily rely on gate takings to operate and in fact, over 60% of our income is derived from gate sales, so we thank you for visiting. Your support goes directly back into the Park and allows us to continue our conservation work, such as breeding kākāriki karaka for release to the wild.
Written 7 June 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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