Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
Relax and enjoy the freshness of this beautifully maintained park as you stroll along superb walkways which are pushchair and wheelchair friendly.
The Ngongotaha Stream meanders gently through the park, attracting around 20,000 trout annually for spawning. Host to New Zealand’s largest trout display, Paradise Valley Springs is home to Brown, Rainbow and American Brook Trout ranging in age from fingerlings through to adults up to 12 years of age. A fantastic underwater viewing cave provides a great opportunity to observe the trout up close. Enormous native long finned eels up to a staggering 80 years of age also call Paradise home.
Meet Goldie, the very rare Golden Opossum, and friendly Kunekune and Captain Cooker pigs. Handfeed the graceful Fallow Deer and Dama Wallabies, which are found wild in regions of Rotorua, and Thar the Himalayan mountain goats.
As you stroll through the park, listen out for the beautiful songs of wild native birds such as the Tui, Bellbird, Kereru, Grey Warbler and Robin. Paradise Shelducks and a host of Swans and other New Zealand water birds make their home in the park’s wetland area. Visit the Kea in their walk-through enclosure, perhaps our most famous, comical alpine parrot – and certainly the cheekiest!
Along the Streamside Farm Walk meet the friendly Farm Animals like Alpacas, Sheep, the mohair fleece producing Angora Goat, an extremely friendly Donkey and others.
Walk up in the canopy of the trees on the Treetops Walkway, taking you six metres high amongst huge native trees and bush. Many trees are sign posted for easy identification, and also tell of the traditional Maori uses.
Take a drink straight from Te Waireka, the beautiful freshwater spring, named by early Maori and translating to 'sweet water'. The pure spring water is also bottled on site for local supply so that others may enjoy some of the finest spring water to be found in the world.
And don't forget the Pride of Paradise, the Lions. Born at Paradise Valley Springs, their specially designed enclosure means that visitors are able to get very close to these formidable animals, in complete safety. Lion feeding, held at 2.30 pm daily, is an absolute must see – the opportunity to get up close to view these big cats is sure to delight and excite.
The park often has lion cubs available, subject to their breeding programme, which are available for visitors to pat and photograph – an incredible and unique experience. Please check their website for cub availability.
- Stuart Hamlett
- +64 (07) 348 9667
- +64 (07) 349 3359
- 467 Paradise Valley Road
- 8.98km from Rotorua
This is the shortest distance from the Tourism Rotorua Information and Travel Office to this operator, but does not necessarily represent the exact route travelled by road.
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