Timings : 8 AM - 5 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : NZD 30 - Adult
NZD 15 - Child
NZD 82.50 - Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children)
Paradise Valley Springs is a popular wildlife park in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is one of the many tourist attractions that people visit to escape their hectic lives and feel close to nature. The 48-acre reserve is a well-maintained facility where wildlife can thrive in the native bush environment and people visiting can observe and study them. The place has several freshwater springs that are home to a large population of freshwater trout.
Paradise Valley Springs was established as trout springs in 1935. It was managed by the owners of the property till 1975. After that, it was bought from the owners by the government. The place is known for its friendly and experienced staff that has been taking care of the park and the animals.
Over the years, several more animals and birds were added to the park. So, visitors get to see a variety of species living in an upgraded environment amidst lush greenery, tall trees and scenic surroundings. The ambience of Paradise Valley Springs is sure to inculcate a sense of excitement and happiness for those who truly love animals.
Ducks and fish ponds- At Paradise Valley Springs, visitors can explore the springs and ponds that are home to trout fishes. These fishes come in various sizes and colours.
Visitors can sit by the ponds watching stunning displays of the colourful fishes including Long-Finned Eels, America Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Tiger Trout.
There are ducks too that can be seen paddling in the waters or loitering about on the wooden decks. Visitors have the freedom to feed the fishes and the ducks. The attraction also has a shop where people can buy food to feed them.
Large Animals- The rest of the Paradise Valley Springs estate houses more mammals and birds. Some of these areas are accessible for the visitors while some are not. The accessible sections are where domestic animals are kept. Here, people can get close to the animals, interact and even feed them.
Some of the mammals found here are Lamas, Deer, Horses, Alpaca, Pigs, Possums, Sheep, Wallaby, Rabbits etc. Birds like chicken, Emu, Kea, Pukeko and Turkey can also be seen around.
The pride of Paradise Valley Springs, the African Tigers are kept in a separate section where visitors can see them from a distance.
The best time to visit Paradise Valley Springs in Rotorua is during the autumn season which begins in March and goes on till May. During this time of the year, the temperature hovers between a maximum of 26ᵒC and a minimum of 15ᵒC. Autumn is also known as the tourist season when the attraction witnesses a peak in the number of visitors.
The second recommended season to visit Paradise Valley Springs is the spring season. The temperature is considerably cool (21ᵒC to 13ᵒC) and the season begins in September and lasts till November. The region receives occasional rains but is still considered the driest time of the year.