Orana Wildlife Park - Christchurch
Plan your visit around the keeper talks to learn more about the animals
Directions to Orana Wildlife Park
See New Zealand’s only gorillas and the country’s only orang-utans at Orana Wildlife Park. Set in 80 hectares, within 15 minutes’ drive of Christchurch airport, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Over 400 animals, representing more than 70 different species, are displayed. Regular animal presentations occur daily.
The Park specialises in providing amazing wildlife experiences – travel through the Lion Reserve, feed a lemur (costs and conditions apply to both), hand feed majestic giraffe, meet mighty rhino up close, observe iconic kiwi and stroll through walk-through aviaries to meet stunning native birds including tui, blue duck (whio) and mischievous kea. The Park’s fantastic Great Ape Centre opened in 2015 and enables visitors to meet two species of critically endangered Great Ape – gorillas and orang-utans.
Park visitors can also enjoy the antics of tigers, cheetah, Tasmanian devils, monkeys, meerkats and more! The Park has an extensive native fauna section including a range of beautiful native birds and reptiles including the pre-historic tuatara. Orana has a fantastic collection of friendly domestic animals in the Farmyard.
Visitors can ride around the zoo on the complimentary Safari Shuttle, join a guided walkabout tour and/or meander around the Park at their leisure – be sure to follow the animal feed presentations. The Park contains a children’s adventure playground and two large picnic areas. A café and wildlife themed gift shop are located on-site.
Orana is internationally renowned for its involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for endangered exotic and native species. The Park contributes to breeding for release to the wild recovery programmes for threatened native wildlife including brown teal (pateke), blue duck (whio) kiwi and orange-fronted parakeet. When you visit, you are directly supporting the conservation work.
Experience the ultimate animal adventure at Orana Wildlife Park - it’s a full day of fun for everyone!
Monday to Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm