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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

#12 of 106 things to do in Dunedin Features Animals
600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
+64 3-482 1755
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New Zealand birdlife at its best

The sanctuary is a must for bird watchers and anyone who'd like to see what the South Island bush... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Melissa B
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Wellington, New Zealand
Had birds the size of cats eating out of my hand.

The location is beautiful, animals so friendly and staff wonderful. Had an hour walk and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Finn L
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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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 3 days ago

The sanctuary is a must for bird watchers and anyone who'd like to see what the South Island bush looked like a long time ago. Well managed and tracks maintained, staff friendly and knowledgeable. The cafe is superb, great food at cheap prices.

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is beautiful, animals so friendly and staff wonderful. Had an hour walk and conversation with a bird feeder we bumped into on the track, let us feed birds with him! Awesome experience!More

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

Hello there Your review made me smile.....thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience. It was funny how you said the birds are as large as cats ( absolutely true!!!). This was amusing as the sanctuary is obviously a CAT FREE zone...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place to see nature in its natural environment. To see kakapo within meters on your walk loving their surroundings. Great place to stop for a coffee and bite to eat and admire the view on a sunny winter day. Purchased some new bird feeders...More

1  Thank jeannieg2016
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Dear Jeannie Thank you for taking the time to post a positive review of our beautiful sanctuary. It's amazing that as we move into winter these 'bluebird' days are the best to visit the sanctuary. Nothing like a good coffee after an invigorating walk and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow what a change in the 6 years since my last visit. That day, with a keen bird watcher from England, we were disappointed to see hardly any birds. But now its just lovely, the plantings have grown, the canopy is full of bird song....More

Thank travellingkiwi255119
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Hello there Thanks so very much for your great review, wonderful to have you back again. We are always looking to improve our visitor's experience so keep in touch and come back again and visit us to see whats new............before another six years. Travel safe....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a place where one can walk 'through' birdsong and natural vegetation. It is a place that evokes reflection. The visitor centre provides great learning opportunities and magnificent views, both close and distant. The coffee is good too!More

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

Thank you for your kind words ....delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Orokonui means a 'place of good health' so as you quite rightly mentioned a magical place for reflection. Come back again soon and be nourished by the beauty of this special place and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Orokonui Sanctuary is a good place to see the South Island's avian species uncaged and up close. I hesitate describing them as wild as they are clearly accustomed to having humans nearby because of the many bird-feeders along the tracks. With the exception of Takahēs...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to Orokonui. Thrilled that you enjoyed your visit , particularly as you are obviously so incredibly knowledgable about birds and their behaviours. Great that you got some good photos, come back and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a conservation triumph. The animals are wonderful & easily spotted. There's a fairly decent track network, it took us four hours to walk most of the tracks, just missing one little branch. In that time we saw takahe, Otago skinks, tui, bellbirds,...More

1  Thank Sarah53187
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Dear Sarah Thanks for your positive review....I have to say very impressive walking all those tracks. I hope you relaxed afterwards in our fabulous cafe and had a cake and a coffee to treat yourself. The team and our amazing volunteers work consistently to keep...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am always impressed with the efforts of some to correct the imbalances we have allowed in the natural world. For less than $20 you can not only assist with a very worthwhile (and effective) conservation project, you also have the opportunity to spend a...More

Thank Nmsj1957
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for particularly understanding the concept of our Eco-Sanctuary. For our dedicated staff it is a vocation rather than a job and they are supported by 1000 voluntary hours a month. We are passionate about this magical...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my favourite place to take visitors to Dunedin. The last time I went, my visitors were hesitant about going in the misty weather but we were blown away by the best birdlife encounters I have ever had there - takahe, kakas, tui, bellbirds,...More

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

Dear MM Thank you for your marvellous review we are delighted that your mother enjoys the sanctuary so much.....what an amazing woman she is. Please bring her on Sunday for Mothers'Day she will visit for free .....with her child !!!! Also if you make yourself...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found it easily from dunedin airport, a great spot and I recommend the guided tour...we turned up without booking and early for the 11am tour , but a phone call from the helpful staff and our wonderful guide Sue made the effort to leave her...More

Thank kiwisahoy
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varuns001
How easy it is to spot a penguin there and during what time of the day
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
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sez79_79
i'd like to know how i can get there as we are arriving in Dunedin by cruise ship in the next couple of weeks and would like to know how to get from Port Chalmers.
12 November 2015|
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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
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margaret986
can you get there by public transport or only a tour.
7 November 2015|
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Response from margaret986 |
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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