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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Absolutely Wonderful

We thoroughly enjoyed two hours walking around this excellent ecosanctuary on a Sunday morning. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland, New Zealand
Fantastic, world-class

Second visit to the Ecosantuary. Got up close to three takahe - amazing photo opportunities. Took... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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“native birds”(23 reviews)
“bird song”(18 reviews)
“native nz”(8 reviews)
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...more
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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed two hours walking around this excellent ecosanctuary on a Sunday morning. We were thrilled to see and hear so many birds. The tracks are very well formed and signed posted making walking easy. The staff were very friendly and more than happy...More

Thank FourTravel2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second visit to the Ecosantuary. Got up close to three takahe - amazing photo opportunities. Took the walk down the NZ’s tallest trees. A good walk - not too step but probably better in summer than winter. Plenty of native birds. Would definitely visit again....More

Thank RGV55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Orokonui isn't just about the visit, it is about looking after NZ's wildlife. I will happily keep paying my annual pass knowing that the next time I go back there will be Takahe, Tui, Kaka, Bellbird, Tom Tits, and many many other birds waiting for...More

Thank Ken H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Orokonui is a small but beautiful piece of wild New Zealand. There is ample parking space, and the pricing is quite reasonable for a sanctuary. We came on a weekday - around midday, and found that the place was relatively quiet. I found this to...More

Thank PaperbackPenguin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I won't lie, the price isn't the nicest-looking. But you get your money's worth. The place is amazing. Nice tracks, up close interactions with animals (kakas were really keen on having a yarn), and a cozy and warm basr you can return to anytime, for...More

Thank leothekiwi
Reviewed 10 July 2018

A wonderful place where you can wander in isolation around the woodlands and listen to the birds, Keas and othe rmore unusual birds, in dappled sunshine. Good feeding stations for the nectar loving birds where you can watch them feed. Views to die for and...More

Thank rozjohnson52
Reviewed 21 June 2018

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
Reviewed 21 May 2018

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
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.

Thank 155richard81
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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10 December 2017|
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Response from Kejak70 | Property representative |
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
31 December 2016|
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Response from Kejak70 | Property representative |
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
12 November 2015|
Response from Kejak70 | Property representative |
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