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Orokonui Ecosanctuary vs Wellington Zealandia?

CA
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary vs Wellington Zealandia?

Our cruise ship will be visiting both Dunedin and Wellington this December.

It seems like Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Zealandia have similar species, esp. birds. If so, which one would has more birds and animals? Is one easier for sighting them than the other? Thanks!

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1. Re: Orokonui Ecosanctuary vs Wellington Zealandia?

I don't know, but if you decide on the local place, here are a couple of operators which will get you to Orokonui (and some tours combine it with other local sights): https://www.untamednz.co.nz/ and http://www.4nature.co.nz/

CA
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2. Re: Orokonui Ecosanctuary vs Wellington Zealandia?

Thank you I am aware of them, but I am really trying to decide which sanctuary to visit during my limited time.

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3. Re: Orokonui Ecosanctuary vs Wellington Zealandia?

Orokonui is smaller and so it is easier to find the birds imo.

Zealandia is quite large and you can walk miles without seeing much of anything in the way of birdlife. You certainly hear it, just can't see the birds for the trees!

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