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Orana Wildlife Park

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Orana Wildlife Park

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793 McLeans Island Road McLeans Island, Christchurch 8051 New Zealand
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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch
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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

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This Waipara wine region tour takes you to visit four wineries, with tastings, in a half-day trip from Christchurch. Enjoy samples of local reds and whites without worry of designating a driver as transportation is included. Listen to a guide's commentary about the local terroir to learn about the region as you travel. Upgrade to include a lunch with wine pairings.
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Katie H wrote a review Feb 2021
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand48 contributions10 helpful votes
We’ve been to a LOT of Zoos and animal parks and I have to say this is probably our least favourite. Unfortunately we didn’t see many animals at all. The lack of signage was inconvenient and made it tricky to know where to go. Our nearly 3yr old was over it in a hour and she’s a crazy animal lover 😬. It was just run down and a bit boring (that’s just our opinion). The animals we did see seemed content and healthy!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Ashley wrote a review Feb 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand10 contributions
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Absolutely amazing! Head out to Orana Park at opening and spend the whole day there. On arrival they will give you a map that includes all of the feeding and encounter timings. They are around every 30min to 60min. I recommend going to all of these! The animals are far more active during these times and you get to feed some! Take a water bottle, hat and wear decent walking shoes. There are shuttles around the park and plenty if fountains. But the park is spread over a large area - think like Australia Zoo. They are making the most of the space they have so be prepared to do some walking. There is a Cafe to stop at for lunch. Highlights of the day were seeing porcupines, the kea feeding encounter, hand feeding giraffe and going on the lion encounter (additional cost but only around $50 per person). The lion encounter involves going in a cage and driving through the lion area. The lions who are interested come and have a meat snack via tongs through the cage. This gives the keepers time to visually check the paws and teeth of the big cats - keeping an eye on the lions health. Each encounter has a keeper or volunteer doing a talk. They keepers and volunteers were so knowledgeable and would spend so long answering questions. They also have advice throughout the day as to how everyday people can help these animals when they encounter them in the wild or on overseas trips. Orana Park is a not for profit charity. The park is a little less manicured than some zoos around the country. But this adds to its charm. It may be my favorite park in NZ. I will absolutely visit next time I am in Christchurch.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Carolyn N wrote a review Feb 2021
New Plymouth, New Zealand14 contributions11 helpful votes
Great to see the animals but the signage is shockingly absent. We feel we walked alot further because we didn't know where we were going. Some simple signs and arrows would make it far easier to get around.many seemingly empty enclosures.not even a sign as we stepped out of the entrance to recommend a direction so as not to miss anything. Enjoyed it but could be better
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Brooke d wrote a review Feb 2021
Richmond, New Zealand6 contributions
The condition of the park has gone down hill seriously, but otherwise for the 3 hours we were there we felt like we got our moneys worth and the animals we did see were in good condition
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Darryn G wrote a review Feb 2021
Lower Hutt, New Zealand173 contributions25 helpful votes
We arrived at 2:45, thinking that we had 2-hours to get around the park. Unfortunately, little did we know that they start locking the animals up from 4pm! It was a bit on the nose to say they are open until 5pm but no animals to see. It cost us $191 to see bugger all!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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