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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
+64 3-482 1755
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Wonderful experience

Orokonui is a marvellous place to view NZ wildlife in a natural setting. The sanctuary is well laid... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bipod
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Adelaide, Australia
Holiday walk with my grand daughter

I did go there thinking as I was told it was a short 550m walk to see frogs. But it was a 4KM walk... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Diana R
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Palmerston, Otago
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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+64 3-482 1755
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Orokonui is a marvellous place to view NZ wildlife in a natural setting. The sanctuary is well laid out with excellent walking tracks and viewing areas. The birdlife is extraordinary (tuis, bellbirds, takahe, kaka etc) and there is also the opportunity to see eels, skinks...More

Thank Bipod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did go there thinking as I was told it was a short 550m walk to see frogs. But it was a 4KM walk down a path way unsuitable for my grandmother who I also bought with us. Other than that Granny sat at the...More

Thank Diana R
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is a great place for unwinding, being able to walk the paths at leisure, and here and there stopping to watch the birds - yesterday for us it was busy bellbirds, tuis and great big loping kakas - drinking, hopping about and well, yes,...More

Thank Helen M
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Helen M Thank you for your kind words, delighted that you had such a good visit especially on such a busy 'bird day'. The cafe is terrific and our dates scones are legendary. Come back soon and visit us again. Peace The Orokonui Team

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Wow what else can I say? It was wonderful bring able to wander at our own liesure. Walking paths we used was suitable for prams, wheelchairs and older people. Saw moe birds than expected. Lovely cafe for a coffee afterwards. Short and pleasant drive from...More

Thank MMvet
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Dear MMvet Thank you for the lovely revue, so delighted you enjoyed your time with us at Orokonui. It really is a magic place and it's amazing how invigorated you can feel after a walk in the forest. Come back and have another coffee with...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017

We visited in the weekend and spent 3 hours walking around taking pics. There are lots of walks within the sanctuary and it is so peaceful and calm. You need to be slightly aware of the low flying kaka as they can sweep down over...More

Thank Barb L
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

So we decided to go during the Cadbury carnaval and did the scavenger hunt. We went with a small group of young kids. They got a mission to find different birds, plants and trees in the reserve. We spend about 2 hours to complete and...More

Thank 259driesv
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Have been to Kapiti Island several times and think Orokanui is much better. More birds, great tracks, yummy cafe, fantastic views.

Thank MalandAnna
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This sanctuary is about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Dunedin. Although it was a winter's day and we didn't get to see the lizards or eels, the birds were stunning. The walk through native bush is beautiful- if you're pushing a pram be...More

1  Thank Janne A
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Dear Janne Thanks for taking the time to write a review......especially a positive one. So pleased you had a lovely visit and a workout with your pram, you deserved that hot chocolate! You will be interested to know that we have opened our children's Nature...More

Reviewed 3 July 2017

All those beautiful native plants, native birds. I take my camera everytime, great place to take a friend for a walk or coffee and not alot of people around i find. Orokonui would be in my top 5 things to do in dunedin!

Thank miss-severne
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Hello there miss-severne So thrilled you love Orokonui as we do. You are absolutely right, there is no better place for a walk, a coffee or a gentle commune with nature. Please keep coming back and sharing our story. All the Best The Orokonui Team

Reviewed 27 June 2017

there is a lot to do and see. many birds can be seen such as Kakapo, tui etc. We also saw the tuatara lizard. Beautiful views of the surrounding countrysideMore

Thank Jenny B
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Dear Jenny Thank you so much for your kind review. These beautiful blue sky days we have been having in Dunedin are perfect for a visit to the ecosanctuary. I was also thrilled you mentioned that there was alot to do, we are always developing...More

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varuns001
31 December 2016|
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Hello there Unfortunately we don't have penguins .. you will need to check out Penguin Place or the little blue penguins at Tairoa Head .. evening is best for penguins .. however we do have Takehe with a new chick as well... More
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sez79_79
12 November 2015|
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Hello there Ses I have answered this email twice now however it doesn't seem to have been posted ? Anyway there is two ways of getting to Orokonui Contact the local i-site (Visitor Centre) or preferably let us know what... More
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margaret986
7 November 2015|
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thank you for your response ,I posted the question just before we left for Dunedin but we finished going to I site and booking a young man Andrew, who picked us up and then at a suggested time came back for us, he not only... More
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