Lion encounter

lion.jpgPLEASE NOTE: Our Lion Encounter will not be running during alert level 2. Attention thrill seekers! Orana’s unique Lion Encounter takes visitors through the African Lion Habitat on board a specially modified vehicle for extremely close views of the “King of Beasts” feeding. The Lion Encounter provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the size and power of these awesome predators.

Hop on board our vehicle with our keepers, who feed the cats from within the safety of the vehicle, and become immersed in the lion habitat. Our cats often climb onto the roof of the vehicle so you can literally get eye-to-eye with these magnificent animals as well as having the opportunity to interact with our specialised keepers who care for the animals.

This is a must do experience whilst in Christchurch!


  • Encounter operates at 2:30pm daily. 
  • 20 tickets are available daily.
  • The cost is $52.50 per person (additional to Park entrance).
  • All visitors taking part in the Lion Encounter must be over 1.4 metres in height.
  • Children (under 15yrs) must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Participants must not have any flu-like symptoms (including a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath and other associated signs of being unwell).
  • Participants must be able and comfortable to stand in a moving vehicle.
  • Tickets can be purchased at reception before 2.00pm (on a first in first served basis).
  • We can reserve tickets if they are pre-paid in advance.

Tickets can only be reserved if they are paid for in advance. Please contact us directly at: or +64 3 359 7109.  Note that the Lion Encounter is subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm availability of the experience.

Important: If you are interested in booking a Lion Encounter for today or tomorrow, please phone rather than email to ensure your best chances of securing a place!


Awesome gift Idea!  Ask us about vouchers for the lion encounter