Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin

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#6 of 23 in Parks in Dunedin
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, 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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  • This sanctuary is a short drive outside of Dunedin, but well worth the visit. To be able to see native birds, and animals and this includes very rare birds was a real treat. The Dunedin coast is rugge...  more »
  • NZ is a typical country of birds (bats are the only native mammals!), and this is a great way to see many of them. Paired with lots of beautiful plants, this is almost a botanic garden with birds. Lov...  more »
  • Visited the ecosanctuary on a college trip. Had a wonderful and vivacious guide. Saw many unique birds and lizards. Unfortunately didn't see an kiwi birds. Very cool learning experience.  more »
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  • If I had to describe this place in one word I would tell you sorry, can't. A few words? Alright, I'll try. Calming. Peaceful. Colorful. Eels. This place has it all, I'm telling you. The birds you will see here are like nothing else you've seen before and the sounds they make cause you to wonder if you've entered a different world. You'll see them while walking through a piece of New Zealand history, a land untouched by humans and home. The fauna relax you and make you take a break from the business that is everyday life. And when you're done you can have a nice coffee at the cafe while overlooking the nature preserve. Definitely recommend checking this place out.
  • Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a wonderful place to go for both visitors and locals. The walks are very manageable, easy to follow and the native bush is beautiful. The birds are easy to spot especially at the feeding stations and they're happy to get quite close to the human onlookers! We really enjoyed our visit there and would definitely recommend it to others.
  • An amazing venue to relax and learn about the wildlife of New Zealand. The visitors center is filled with information and has an amazing cafe with delicious food most of which is hand made and organic. The views from the centre are also stunning. The sanctuary itself is large enough to take a while to explore in its entirety but the short walks available have plenty of birds to see, including Takahae, Riflemen, Robins, and Kaka. I would highly recommend a trip there.
  • Amazing! A wonderful place to visit the New Zealand birds and Fauna. The 1 hour guided tour is well worth the expense. New Zealand nature at it's finest.
  • Beautiful place. The feeding stations are great to sit near and watch the different birds eat and drink. Primarily birds, but they have some other animals around. Saw a couple of takahe wandering around which was nice. The pies at their cafe are also very good.
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