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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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Great place to see native birds

This eco sanctuary is a great conservation place. Get close to endangered species like the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
raaar_raaar
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London, United Kingdom
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great stop

this was just off the main road, and very worth the trip! We spent about three hours walking the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colette J
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird song” (16 reviews)
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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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"feeding stations"
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"native birds"
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"bird song"
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"bird life"
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"native nz"
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"bell birds"
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"predator proof fence"
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"new zealand"
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"guided walk"
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"bird watching"
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"friendly helpful staff"
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"rare birds"
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"plants and trees"
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"eco tourism"
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"beautiful walk"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This eco sanctuary is a great conservation place. Get close to endangered species like the takahe. You can never guarantee what you will see as this place is not a covered Avery. Birds are free to come and go. But they do have feeding stations...More

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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks radar-raar ....great to get your review . Good time for people to visit is around 11.00am to see the action at the feeding stations . The ecosanctuary has a 9 km approx predator proof fence around it, which protects our wildlife. You obviously got...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

this was just off the main road, and very worth the trip! We spent about three hours walking the tracks, and it was very nice! They have several Takahe, and we were entertained by them for quite a while! We ate at the restaurant and...More

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

Dear Colette Thrilled firstly you were able to find us...we are hoping to have better signage on the highway in the future. Delighted you had a great visit and were able to stretch those legs after travelling. Come back soon and thank you for taking...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was taken here for a work group thing. Collaboration. Just a great rainy day and got soaked so watch for the correct footwear. David and Sue were very good in knowledge and happy to answer questions as tour guides. Cafe was a great set up...More

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

Dear Scotty So glad that your work group got you up to visit our 'little hidden gem' ! You are totally right it is always wise to wear good footwear particularly on rainy days. Interestingly a lot of our best visitor experiences occur on rainy...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Orokonui is a must see on any visit to Dunedin. Beautiful forest walks, and veiwing sites to watch Kaka, tui, and bellbirds feeding, from just 2 metres away, very special. Also saw Takahe being fed, and got to see a Tuatara and skinks. The cafe...More

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

Dear Liz F Thank you for your wonderful endorsement , we are so delighted you had a good visit. The team here is very proud of the work they do and we are always looking at ways to enhance our visitor experience, within the realms...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This exceeded expectations and was well priced. We saw rare birds amazing sounds and they were flying around our heads. The walk is nice and not too long as our 2 year old managed it fine. We saw Takahe, tuatara, kaka, bellbird, tui, kereru, silvereye,...More

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

Hello Redewie Thanks for your kind review. Great that you had a good time, I hope you got a chance to check out the slide in the nature park with your energetic two year old child. Come back soon!

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The sanctuary is beautiful & we were able to see quite a few endangered birds. lovely walk around the sanctuary. Just don't eat at the café, worse meal we had in OtagoMore

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

Dear Patricia Great to see that you had a lovely visit to the Ecosanctuary. We were sorry to hear that you had a poor meal, that really is unfortunate as we usually get wonderful feedback about the food . If you return please let us...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

This sanctuary is well worth a visit, with or without children. There were a few things for the kids to do including a spot the animals and also a rubbing which got the kids wanting to explore more. The cafe produced some beautiful soups.More

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

Dear 422iana Thank you for taking to the time to write such a positive review. Its great to see that your children enjoyed the visit. We are always trying to engage both adults and children and are always looking to new ways to share nature...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

My daughter and I arrived in time for the 1.30pm Orokonui Highlights tour. It was a Friday and there was just us and one other person on the tour. Our guide Sue gave us a very interesting tour covering birds, reptiles and plants and then...More

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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2017

Dear Glenda Please excuse my tardy response , somehow your post slipped through our digital net. We are so delighted you enjoyed your tour. Sue is our Head guide and has an incredible amount of knowledge not only about our wildlife and flora but the...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

The drive up to the ecosanctuary was beautiful (though not for the faint hearted - lots of twists and turns!) with lots of Oooos and Ahhhhs along the way. The ecosanctuary itself was lovely from the start - good tips on paths to take from...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Beautiful place with some lovely tracks to walk on. Just stopping and listening to the birds is great.

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Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely comment Eric. So delighted you had a good visit. I agree simply listening and taking time is something we all need to do these days. Come back soon .

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nzkiwiwoman
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
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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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