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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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A treasure close to Dunedin

If you are after a close look at native plants and animals, this is an important stop for you. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharon D
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Madison, Wisconsin
Birds!

NZ is a typical country of birds (bats are the only native mammals!), and this is a great way to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alfred V
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Amsterdam
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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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“native birds” (25 reviews)
“bird song” (17 reviews)
“bird life” (23 reviews)
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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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+64 3-482 1755
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"native birds"
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"bird song"
in 17 reviews
"bird life"
in 23 reviews
"native nz"
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"eco sanctuary"
in 8 reviews
"bell birds"
in 7 reviews
"predator proof fence"
in 4 reviews
"perimeter fence"
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"new zealand"
in 30 reviews
"guided walk"
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"nature reserve"
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"rare birds"
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"bird watching"
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"friendly helpful staff"
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"excellent cafe"
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"plants and trees"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are after a close look at native plants and animals, this is an important stop for you. The facility is close to Dunedin, has a lovely center with food and souvenirs, and the sanctuary itself is filled with easy trails and good signage....More

Thank Sharon D
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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sharon D What a treat to read your lovely post , thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. Delighted you had such a pleasant visit, I hope you didn't encounter this dreadful weather that is presently upon us. The ecosanctuary generally...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. Lovely!

Thank Alfred V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my third or fourth visit over several years, and I love it every time. The staff are friendly and helpful, the visitor center is great and the actual sanctuary is a wonderful way to get a taste of what New Zealand might have...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary. The diversity of plant life is interesting, lots of birds to see - several feeding platforms to attract the birds - saw tut, kaka, bellbirds, and fernbirds. Trails are well maintained.More

Thank KMc073
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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks KMC for taking the time to post about Orokonui. Delighted you had a wonderful time and saw so many of our birds, they have been very active this year ! Also pleased you enjoyed the plant life, it is often taken for granted amidst...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Four of us paid a visit to the Orokonui eco sanctuary and loved every minute of the visit. Set in a patch of lovely native forest and protected from outside predators the sanctuary gives you the best chance to see native birds including the previously...More

Thank Ian S
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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Ian Thank you for 1) taking the time to review Orokonui 2) having such positive comments 3) having an enjoyable experience!! Thrilled that you were able to enjoy Orokonui so much. It's a big call to say we 'Probably the highlight of our trip...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The bird life is amazing. It's a lot of walking. We met a robin who was very friendly. The information we were given was wonderful for bird spotting. The tui's are everywhere especially at the feeders.More

Thank Alisa B
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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Ailsa I hope with all that walking you were able to relax afterwards with a coffee and some delicious cake from our cafe. Delighted you got to enjoy the birdlife, it has been incredible this year. Thank you for taking the time to post.....More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Expensive for seeing birds!!!!! We walked down to see the seals resting in the sunshine instead. Beautiful views and saw dolphins from the cliff top.More

Thank elworthy21
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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Elworthy Thank you for taking the time to post a review and delighted that you enjoyed the views. Disappointed to hear that you felt it was expensive to see the birds. Orokonui is a special place not only for birds but for rare and...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Surrounded by a stainless steel fence to keep out predators and vermin, this reserve is a lovely place to visit. It is well maintained with an excellent cafe. You can have a guided tour or walk around on your own. This reserve complements the other...More

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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Grant Thank you for taking the time to review Orokonui, it gives us enormous pleasure when people such as yourself enjoy your visit and want to share it with fellow travellers. The birdlife at the sanctuary has been incredible this year along with forest...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I have visited for a weekend stroll in the bush as well as 2 weddings and it's a truly magical spot.More

Thank Kelly W
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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Kelly Thank you for your enthusiastic review. We were delighted to see that you have not only visited us for a weekend stroll but have attended 'two' weddings at Orokonui. You are so right...it is a magical place for a wedding and we always...More

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nzkiwiwoman
10 December 2017|
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Dear Janine Please forgive my tardiness in getting back to you , somehow this has slipped through the emails. I hope that you haven't been and gone and we didn't get the chance to advise you on how valuable a guided tour is... More
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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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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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