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Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin

(4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Orokonui Ecosanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dunedin vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Well worth the detour off State Highway 1, it felt like a different world but so close to Dunedin! The whole family throughly enjoyed the experience and we're lucky to see so many rare birds in such a...  more »
  • It was a great experience to stroll among the beautiful and interesting native birds of New Zealand. Very well maintained, it really is a sanctuary! 
  • I have visited before on my last time in New Zealand and really wanted to come back. First time around I found it a beautiful place, so peaceful with all the birds and fantastic native vegetation. Thi...  more »
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  • A nice place but poor value for money. They advertise Tuatara, Kiwi, and Takahe for viewing but only expect to see Tui and Kaka.
  • Peaceful walk with lovely views and an immense amount of wild bird life around. The whole place has been designed magnificently. Coffee and lunch at the cafe were very good, and all staff were friendly.
  • Absolutely great place to visit and spend the day seeking out rare birds !!
  • Nice place to go for a long walk and just take in nature. There are a few feeding stations which make good places to get photos of the birds.
  • Really interesting day out. Nice to see all the native birds and wildlife. Good walks through the Bush.