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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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Small-group Tour: Dunedin City Highlights & Ecosanctuary Wildlife Experience
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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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  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“native birds” (24 reviews)
“bird song” (18 reviews)
“bird life” (23 reviews)
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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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"native birds"
in 24 reviews
"bird song"
in 18 reviews
"bird life"
in 23 reviews
"native nz"
in 8 reviews
"bell birds"
in 7 reviews
"eco sanctuary"
in 8 reviews
"feeding station"
in 4 reviews
"predator proof fence"
in 4 reviews
"perimeter fence"
in 3 reviews
"new zealand"
in 30 reviews
"guided walk"
in 7 reviews
"nature reserve"
in 5 reviews
"bird watching"
in 7 reviews
"wood pigeon"
in 4 reviews
"rare birds"
in 5 reviews
"friendly helpful staff"
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"excellent cafe"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

went out for a walk with a friend and the weather wasn't warm but it was still lovely to walk around and see the wildlife. Although it is all caged in, you do not feel you are in a cage when in the sanctuary.

Thank Shannon L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It had been raining but it didn't spoil,our visit. Unfortunately we didn't see a great many birds only the Tuis, Wood Pigeons and a few other birds. Lots of bird song however at the feeding stations. Will go back again someday.

Thank Q1797DAjanw
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We visited the ecosanctuary to catch a glimpse of a Kaka. we visited the feeding station and were treated to a pair using the feeding station.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

It was a cold day so we were unable to see any skinks (apart from the one in the main building), butterflies, or tuataras but there were plenty of birds to see and hear along the walkways. We got great photos of tuis, bellbirds and...More

Thank CRS60
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

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 12 April 2018

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 29 March 2018

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 29 March 2018 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.

Thank mhk98
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

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

Thank echoriath
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

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 26 March 2018

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 26 March 2018

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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nzkiwiwoman
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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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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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