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“lovely park but maybe $30 a bit steep”

Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
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US$20.44*
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Ranked #10 of 116 things to do in Rotorua
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Advertised as lion park with lion patting. Lions are in this big cage which doesn't really reflect their habitat or educate people about them.
Advertising of cub patting however the 'cub' was 8 or 9 months old and pretty large .. not the tiny kitty as viewed on the adverts.. they were still very cute and good experience but were behind a cage.
Rest of park contained a few native animals and the rest was your standard petting zoo farm animals.
The gardens are very beautiful though showing tourists the rich array of native vegetation without having to trek into he bush which I appreciated. Sufficient facilities for all people.?
Probably wouldn't do it again but would be good if you have young kids.

1  Thank Katherine O
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

In modern times like now, it was repulsive to see so many adult lions cooped up in a little place, and then waiting In line to see people poking and prodding and laughing, taking photos of some very heavily sedated lion cubs - one got up and fell over. This actually made me sick. The farm animals were the only good part. This was a real shock that our green and animal loving country allows this practice. I am revolted, I would never recommend this to anyone - I felt dirty that I had paid money to ridicule these animals.

12  Thank truthadvisor88
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

What a wonderful park to visit, I have been to this park like 4 times in 4 years and it is just a nice safe clean wonderful park, the staff are friendly and keep U up to date with the animals, the animals are healthy and happy, to be able to pat the cubs is great, A animal park for everyone

Thank SMJW2014
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Went with the wife and son - a keen photographer - yesterday, we have lived here in Rotorua for nearly 3 years and I am surprised that we didn't go before, it is wonderful, probably one of the best attractions in the area - it is easily accessible in-the area, the staff are helpful and friendly, and the way one can get up close and personal with the animals - especially the lions - is remarkable.. One small gripe - not enough variety of food for we humans! but it is the winter - not many people around. BUT if you have children, and you haven't been - pick a nice sunny day - and go!

1  Thank chiliwilinz
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Went along because we spotted a sign that advertised that you could pat a lion cub. At 9 months old the lion cubs don't seem likely to be pat-able for much longer - our initial disappointment at only being able to pat them by reaching through a cage was evened out by being able to touch them up close and take photos and also by our instinct for self preservation - these aren't little baby cubs! For an extra $2 for food, you can feed wallabies, alpaca, goats and pigs and get up very close to adult lions, kea, tahr and deer. Also sheep - if you feel the need to pat a sheep.

The little paths have clear trout, duck and eel-filled streams running alongside and are tree-lined and gorgeous, the bathrooms are clean and the staff were very communicative and friendly. If you're into photography you can get some outstanding opportunities here for a $30 entry fee instead of a $4000 safari.

Thank SplashyPants
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