Orana Wildlife Park provides amazing opportunities for people to connect with nature.
Visitors can meet NZ’s only gorillas, hand-feed giraffe, travel through the Lion Reserve, observe kiwi and encounter mischievous kea.
Conservation advocacy is a key role to ensure visitors feel a connection with and responsibility towards the natural environment.
Visitors are encouraged to learn “take-home messages”, delivered through daily presentations, exhibit interpretation and QR codes. These messages include keeping a dog on a leash to protect kiwi and responsible purchasing, which provide visitors with the motivation necessary to take part in actions that lead to a sustainable lifestyle.
These conservation messages are delivered through an internationally recognised framework: “Connect, Understand, Act”, a model that focuses on actions everyone can take to contribute to environmental issues.
Orana operates as a charitable trust; staff are proud to make contributions to breed for release recovery programmes for threatened native fauna such as kākāriki karaka. When you visit, you directly support our conservation work
- Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
- Be patient - You'll be working as part of a group, so make sure to be patient and wait your turn - we like to be fair and give everyone a go.
- Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
- Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.
- A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
- Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
- Permission for photos - If you are taking photos that include other people, always ask them first if they are happy for their photograph to be taken.