Set in 80 hectares of tranquil grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo and is located 15 minutes drive from Christchurch airport. It opened in 1976, and is owned and operated by the Orana Wildlife Trust, a registered charity.
More than 400 animals of 70 different species are on show here. The park offers a range of unique, close up animal encounters at scheduled times. 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. Experience unique encounters with lions.
Thrill seekers can experience the awesome lion encounter which takes people through the African lion habitat on board with specially modified vehicle for extremely close views of the “King of Beasts”.