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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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Address: 600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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+64 3-482 1755
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
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Our 307 hectare Ecosanctuary is the only area of native forest in mainland...

Our 307 hectare Ecosanctuary is the only area of native forest in mainland South Island where indigenous plants and animals can live in the wild without threat from most introduced pests. It is home to some of New Zealand's most fascinating and rare forest wildlife.

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Beautiful Place for Birdwatching

Orokonui is a great destination to see native NZ wildlife, including takahe, Kaka, tui, bellbirds, and native trees and flowers. The sanctuary works on conserving and recovering... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nikolas R
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Auckland, New Zealand
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Orokonui Sanctuary is a fantastic investment for the protection of the NZ wildlife. The enclosed fences stop all predators from entering, however it also lets the birds fly free (Intended). I say this as I barely saw any wildlife and I paid $19 per person to essentially walk through native NZ bush. Some feeding stations were good to sit at... More 

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Thank Samuel M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Orokonui is a great destination to see native NZ wildlife, including takahe, Kaka, tui, bellbirds, and native trees and flowers. The sanctuary works on conserving and recovering these native species. The takahe were a particular highlight, as we were easily able to see two adolescents with their parents out enjoying breakfast. The tracks are all well-marked and fairly easily walkable.... More 

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Thank Nikolas R
Dunedin, New Zealand
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no better way to support efforts to restore native New Zealand a (massive) section at a time. It is a beautiful place if you just want to go through the interpretive center, but even better to get out and wander around the lovely property. This is eco-tourism done right.

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Thank echoriath
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and more importantly thank you for helping us spread our message. Our committed, wonderful, hard working staff is passionate about preserving and celebrating our beautiful forest and wildlife. Happy Easter and travel safe. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love visiting Orokonui. Normally we walk around the Ecosanctuary which is one of the BEST walks; as long as you are prepared as it has some really steep hills and takes a good couple of hours. I would highly recommend visiting Orokonui - such a beautiful place and experience.

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Thank Clare F
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to respond. Thrilled you are a regular visitor and impressed that you have such knowledge about our tracks, I have to say you seemed to have done much more exploring than I . We have a range of tracks from very gentle walks which are designed for pushchairs and wheel chairs, as well as steeper... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth a vist to the ecosanctury. Also highly recommend having a guided walk/tour. Knowlegeable guides, lovely cafe, great bush walks and very informative

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Thank Daveyg62
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation and for particularly recommending our guides. We constantly find people always get so much more out of their experience by walking with one of our guides. We understand that it is often a cost issue however if you know that what the guide teaches you at Orokonui often helps you understand the bush when walking... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place we have seen a lot of different birds and plants. Unfortunately, a little bit to expensive for us students. We paid 17 dollar for each person. Therefore I rated this place with 3 of 5 points.

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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Hello Marvin Thank you for taking the time to write about Orokonui and we took onboard your comments regarding the cost of your entrance fee. Orokonui is a charitable trust and all money received goes straight back into the project. The entrance fee income alone does not support the project and your visit is supported by donations, grants, funding and... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a morning walk stopping at several feeding stations with birds for about an hour from the cafe then came back to enjoy excellent coffee and incredible views of Blueskin Bay

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Thank Ian T
Cairns, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful privately run conservation effort that I found extremely refreshing that was really worth the visit. Saw lots of birds and other wildlife. Really good interpretation and friendly, helpful staff.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best place to visit if your cruise ship stops in Part Chalmers. We have visited Dunedin by cruise ship and also spent a week there and in our view it is the best way to spend a day. Predators are kept out so native birds thrive here. Bird feeders ensure that you can observe many types of... More 

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Thank Cheryl C
Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The sanctuary is a real asset to Dunedin - so much work has gone into it's development and maintenance and it is all worth it! It was relaxing just sitting in the cafe looking out over the sanctuary, without even going in. We borrowed the wheelchair and found the easiest trail good to navigate. The feeding stations had plenty of... More 

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