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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

#11 of 110 things to do in Dunedin Features Animals
600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
+64 3-482 1755
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A camera and all the birds you need!

We visited in the weekend and spent 3 hours walking around taking pics. There are lots of walks... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Barb L
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Awesome afternoon walk with exited kids

So we decided to go during the Cadbury carnaval and did the scavenger hunt. We went with a small... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
259driesv
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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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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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+64 3-482 1755
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited in the weekend and spent 3 hours walking around taking pics. There are lots of walks within the sanctuary and it is so peaceful and calm. You need to be slightly aware of the low flying kaka as they can sweep down over...More

Thank Barb L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So we decided to go during the Cadbury carnaval and did the scavenger hunt. We went with a small group of young kids. They got a mission to find different birds, plants and trees in the reserve. We spend about 2 hours to complete and...More

Thank 259driesv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been to Kapiti Island several times and think Orokanui is much better. More birds, great tracks, yummy cafe, fantastic views.

Thank MalandAnna
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This sanctuary is about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Dunedin. Although it was a winter's day and we didn't get to see the lizards or eels, the birds were stunning. The walk through native bush is beautiful- if you're pushing a pram be...More

1  Thank Janne A
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Janne Thanks for taking the time to write a review......especially a positive one. So pleased you had a lovely visit and a workout with your pram, you deserved that hot chocolate! You will be interested to know that we have opened our children's Nature...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All those beautiful native plants, native birds. I take my camera everytime, great place to take a friend for a walk or coffee and not alot of people around i find. Orokonui would be in my top 5 things to do in dunedin!

Thank miss-severne
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello there miss-severne So thrilled you love Orokonui as we do. You are absolutely right, there is no better place for a walk, a coffee or a gentle commune with nature. Please keep coming back and sharing our story. All the Best The Orokonui Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

there is a lot to do and see. many birds can be seen such as Kakapo, tui etc. We also saw the tuatara lizard. Beautiful views of the surrounding countrysideMore

Thank Jenny B
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jenny Thank you so much for your kind review. These beautiful blue sky days we have been having in Dunedin are perfect for a visit to the ecosanctuary. I was also thrilled you mentioned that there was alot to do, we are always developing...More

Reviewed 13 June 2017

If you enjoy NZ natural flora and fauna you MUST visit this amazing place! Full of spectacular native bird-life and many species of NZ native trees!

Thank Shelley H
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Shelley Thanks for your fabulous review .... So happy you had a great time.. Come back again soon Travel safe

Reviewed 28 May 2017

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.More

Thank Melissa B
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Dear Melissa Thank you for the great review, so thrilled you had such a good time and you enjoyed our cafe. I have to admit the cheesecake is sublime and can be justified after a good walk through the forest. Come back soon and travel...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 25 May 2017

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 20 May 2017 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 reviewResponded 25 May 2017

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

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varuns001
30 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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sez79_79
12 November 2015|
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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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margaret986
7 November 2015|
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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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