Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin

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Explore the abundance of New Zealand's natural environment at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, a pest-free reserve just 20 minutes north of Dunedin. Take the chance to see some of the country's rarest birds, plants, and reptiles in one of South Island's best-protected and managed sanctuaries. Walk through the remarkable forest of carefully maintained and biologically diverse plant life and look out for jeweled geckos, kiwis, kakas, and Otago stink. The staff take great pride in showing visitors the park on guided tours, and giving tips and educational lessons at the visitor center. Alternatively, you can walk through at your own pace without a guide. Plan to see Orokonui Ecosanctuary and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dunedin trip planner.
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  • My daughter and I arrived in time for the 1.30pm Orokonui Highlights tour. It was a Friday and there was just us and one other person on the tour. Our guide Sue gave us a very interesting tour coverin...  more »
  • The drive up to the ecosanctuary was beautiful (though not for the faint hearted - lots of twists and turns!) with lots of Oooos and Ahhhhs along the way. The ecosanctuary itself was lovely from the s...  more »
  • Here, there are many wild animals to watch, but at the end of the few birds, there is nothing to see. Instead, it feels like the people who like to go to the mountain, have different routes and are short, they must like it.
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  • Our family got an annual pass this year, we've taken full advantage of it. My avatar is a shot of the canopy in the mist which is a great time to visit for photos and was as wildlife filled as a fine day visit. A lovely space, an excellent addition to conservation efforts in the South.
  • Go in summer! We walked to NZ's tallest tree or whatever. This is about an hour and a half round trip at a quick march, which spent shielded from the sun under a bone-chilling damp canopy. Don't go to see the tree though, the one next to it looks equally tall to the untrained eye. In summer, I bet this is a lovely walk in the woods! On the plus side, we didn't see a soul on the track. The cafe is nice.
  • The sanctuary is huge! A wonderful place to go for a hike or stroll. Very beautiful and a great place for bird watching. One of the highlights of my time in NZ!
  • Passionate people care for native birds and plants. One can spend as much time one has at a minimum cost. Good education and entertainment for kids and adults alike. Weather dependent as it is outdoor activity. Book a tour with a guide to get the best out of time. If you are very short of time, just remember that the guide will leave you at the other end at the end of tour. Allow at least half hour extra to walk back in your tour plan. Don't miss this one.
  • Great experience every time we visit the sanctuary. My husband is a photography enthusiast and was able to take beautiful shots of the birds and lizards. I was unable to walk and stayed in the cafe to enjoy their delicious hot drinks while coloring in my book.

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