Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary

Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin: Hours, Address, Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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 such as Takahē, Kākā, Tūī, Kererū, Tuatara and much more. Our visitor's centre is home to a lovely cafeteria serving classic Kiwi food and coffee roasted on site. Sit by our large fireplace as you enjoy your meal! We are also proud to host weddings both within the ecosanctuary and the visitor's centre! Please get in touch if you are planning your special day!
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Rebecca R
NZ6 contributions
Nov 2021
Kaka's, Takahe's, black robins all only two metres close to me! So very stunning to walk along the pathways and see nature at its best. Friendly staff and my kids absolutely love it.
Written 22 January 2022
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Charlotte M
4 contributions
Jan 2022
An amazing opportunity to see the best of New Zealand's bird-life from Takahē (and their young chicks!) to Kākā, Bellbirds and more.
Written 20 January 2022
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cbovey
16 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is a must-do in Dunedin if you are into nature. Absolutely marvellous sanctuary teeming with NZ birds - kaka everywhere, tui, bellbirds all zooming within inhes of you and takahe casually stroll within metres of you. Amazing! Also saw rare Otago skinks and many endangered Otago plants. This place is a treasure.
Written 15 January 2022
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Stuart M
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
Dec 2021
We had a lovely day walking amidst the ecosanctuary - I've never seen so many friendly bellbirds and it was really great to see the rare Takahe family, 2 adults and 2 big chicks. Lovely sounds of birds while walking and great for photography. The facilities were really good too, and the cafe food very appealing.
Written 18 December 2021
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John Miller
Christchurch, New Zealand80 contributions
Nov 2021
I was greeted cheerfully at the visitor centre. Given a comprehensive briefing and off I went. And words hardly describe the total experiance. Wandering through native bush, hearing numerous different birds was just beautiful. Even better was being able to photograph many of them. It does for me how ever require another visit or two. The walk is easy and well sign posted. I cannot recommend this place enough.
Written 14 November 2021
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Jampnz
Dunedin, New Zealand90 contributions
Oct 2021
This place is a gem. Great staff, amazing birds, skinks and geckos in a beautiful setting with native trees and bushes. Great place for a walk and to remind yourself of what is really important - nature!
Written 13 October 2021
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AbaddoNZ
Taupo, New Zealand164 contributions
May 2021
Really up close and persnal experince with the Takehe was a highlight. The feeding platforms are excellent for seeing Tui, Bellbirds, and Kaka
Written 13 May 2021
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lidyried
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
May 2021
Really enjoyed new cafe menu. Friands to die for, good vegetarian options for lunch, coffee and hot chocolate of a high standard. Fire going and great view. What more could you ask for?
Written 13 May 2021
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Lisa C
Wellington, New Zealand93 contributions
Apr 2021
A lovely eco sanctuary, a fairly easy drive from down town Dunedin. Lovely cafe. A variety of walking tracks available in the sanctuary. Quite sheltered.
Written 27 April 2021
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Barb G
Palmerston North, New Zealand70 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. The birdsong is beautiful and the birds are quite tame.
So lovely to spend time in the wonderfully preserved native bush.
Written 25 March 2021
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  • Sat - Mon 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM