Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park is a hands-on, must-visit wildlife park offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to interact with a range of New Zealand animals including native birds, farm animals and trout, as well as view and get up close to a large pride of African lions.
A long-time favourite of locals and visitors alike, Paradise Valley is set amongst beautifully maintained New Zealand native bush, offering easy walking along flat, accessible walkways in all types of weather.
Visit the kea, New Zealand’s infamous and comical alpine parrots in their walk-through aviary. Stroll through the waterfowl wetland for great views of native and introduced birds, and look out for the different native birds living wild around the park.
Purchase food onsite to handfeed the birds and animals that are found wild around the country such as deer, goats, tahr and wallabies, as well as the very sociable farm animals, such as alpacas, donkeys, emus, sheep and more.
Hundreds of rainbow and brown trout can also be fed in the natural stream as well as in the spring-fed display pools, and viewed at eye level through an underwater window below their pool. Spot some of the large native long-finned eels lazing in their pools.
Drink straight from the cool waters of the freshwater spring, or purchase some of the bottled Paradise Pure to take away with you.
Take the elevated treetops walk in a secluded area, putting you up near the canopy of the trees.
A pride of African lions can be seen all day in an enclosure that allows visitors to get very close to these wild animals. Try not to miss the lion feeding at 2.30pm daily!
Depending on the age of the lion cubs, visitors are allowed to pat them at 10.45am and 3.15pm.
The kea and possum feeding is at 3.30pm every day, and provides an opportunity to pat the possum to feel their fur and learn more about them.
Paradise Valley is open 365 days from 8am, with last entry is at 5pm during winter.