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  • Christchurch: Orana Wildlife Park Admission

    1. Christchurch: Orana Wildlife Park Admission

    Experience the ultimate animal adventure at Orana Wildlife Park. Set in 80 hectares, within 15 minutes drive of Christchurch airport, Orana is New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. Discover over 400 animals, representing more than 70 species. Arrive at the park from 10 AM in the morning. Regular animal feed presentations occur daily, commencing at 10:45 AM, and are accompanied by a presentation from a wildlife guide. It is recommended to arrive at the park early and follow the presentation schedule which will lead you around the entire zoo. As you explore the grounds, enjoy a range of amazing wildlife experiences including hand-feeding the giraffes and meeting rhino up close. Stroll through the aviaries to observe kiwi, and other stunning native birds including kakariki, whio, tui, and mischievous kea. See a range of native reptiles and meet friendly domestic animals in the Farmyard area....

    Very informative and interesting, my grandson loved all the animals and so did I

  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry Ticket

    2. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry Ticket

    Get up close and personal with New Zealand native wildlife at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. The wildlife park and nature reserve is located 5 minutes drive from Christchurch Airport and 20 minutes drive from Christchurch CBD. Set in a natural environment with a great variety of wildlife species, Willowbank is suitable for all ages. Learn about New Zealand's endangered wildlife and Willowbank's continuing involvement in conservation. Walk through the massive kea enclosure to meet the worlds only alpine parrot, check out the world's only living dinosaur (tuatara), one of the rarest birds in the world (takahe) and a rare bush parrot (kaka). Be sure to visit the specially constructed viewing facility where you are guaranteed to see kiwi with no glass to hinder your view! Relax at the onsite cafe and bar, before, during or after exploring the reserve. Take a break overlooking the deer paddoc...

    Loved our visit so much - a great place to spend a couple of hours with friendly and approachable animals. Loved feeding the eels. Thank you Willowbank.

  • Christchurch: Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Entry & Tour

    3. Christchurch: Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Entry & Tour

    Upon entry, wander through the reserve at your leisure and explore the 3 sections of the reserve featuring a variety of native and non-native species. Explore the farmyard section and meet domesticated animals such as alpacas, zebus, kune kune pigs, and llamas. Stroll through the New Zealand section and discover a variety of rare native species. See the world's only alpine parrot, the kea. Spot the tuatara, a relation of lizards that has fascinating evolutionary biology dating back to the Triassic era. See the takahe, which is one of the rarest birds in the world. Discover exotic species of the zoo/exotics section. See the world's largest rodent, the capybara, native to the Amazon Rainforest. Observe the playful Siamang gibbons and capuchin monkeys. See the emus and wallabies, native to Australia. In the afternoon, join a passionate guide for a 45-minute guided tour. Learn about the c...

  • Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Willowbank Reserve

    4. Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Willowbank Reserve

    Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic viewpoints on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with its pretty ponds and water features, then drive through the city center - once with its historic buildings and architecture - now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place. You will visit both the botanical garden in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. The tour includes entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve with a guided tour of the reserves ‘Natural New Zealand’. This tour illustrates some of the species that make up our totally unique native wildlife, flora, and culture. ...

  • Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Antarctic Centre

    5. Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Antarctic Centre

    Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic viewpoints on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with its pretty ponds and water features, then drive through the city center - once with its historic buildings and architecture - now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place. You will also visit the botanical gardens in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. The tour then moves on to The International Antarctic Center: a must-see attraction in Christchurch. This features a recreation of the atmosphere of Antarctica with a snow and ice experience and Antarctic Storm, the Little B...

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What people are saying about Christchurch

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I would go after lunch we saw the most action (unless you an early morning riser) the lions had just been fed and caused a cool stir with there roaring, most animals were out and about. Some weren't on display at start which was disheartening but we were advised some weren't well

Fantastic park run by awesome staff. All the animals look so healthy and happy. Well done by all the managers and staff. Had an awesome lunch at the cafe, so friendly and helpful. Will recommend to all my friends

I haven't been since I was a little girl and I got to take my own daughters this time. My almist 3 year old was over the moon that she got to feed a girraffe and watch the lions have some lunch !

Great day. Great weather. Sad the ground was so dry and no grass growing. All staff were great. It would be neat to be able to buy a little picture book with details about the park to take away

An amazing place to visit mid morning or lunchtime would be the best time