When it comes to wildlife, New Zealand is a place where you expect to see fur seals or perhaps the rare kiwi bird at night. It’s not a place where you expect to see lions or rhinos strolling through the grass. At the Orana Wildlife Park, however, Christchurch visitors can come face to face with wildlife from across the globe, and have the feel of being on an African safari without even leaving the city. Only 15 minutes from the Christchurch airport, Orana Wildlife Park is the only open-air wildlife park found anywhere in New Zealand. Over 70 species of exotic animals stroll their way around the park, and the focus at Orana is on providing visitors with an unforgettable up close experience.
Of all the activities within the park, hand-feeding giraffes and standing feet from a rhino are arguably some of the most popular, and the cry of spider monkeys and gibbon apes can be heard throughout the park. It’s the Lion Experience, however, that will truly get your heart racing, where a specially-built cage on the back of the truck gives you a front-row glimpse to their feeding. Make sure your camera batteries are charged for this visit, and revel in the excitement of a trip around the world through the animals of this fascinating park.