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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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Filled with birdsong

My daughter and I arrived in time for the 1.30pm Orokonui Highlights tour. It was a Friday and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Glenda S
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
beautful, loved it

The drive up to the ecosanctuary was beautiful (though not for the faint hearted - lots of twists... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
elyxia
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Singapore, Singapore
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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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“native birds” (21 reviews)
“bird song” (16 reviews)
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600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Glenda S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank elyxia
Reviewed November 1, 2017

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

Thank ericmunro8
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 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 .

Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

This is a must. I regret only that it has taken me so long to get there.Fabulous wander in a volunteer staffed recreated paradise. The guided tour was well worth it. Just love the Takahe, but it is all really good! Cafe too, and beautiful...More

Thank samandhenry
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2017

Dear Sam & Henry (I hope I got that right) Thank you for the lovely comments. Now that you have found us please come back when you can. In the meantime we shall keep you on as a goodwill Orokonui ambassador , we love positive...More

Reviewed October 12, 2017

Had a family visit here and we all loved it. Beautiful surrounds and views add to the experience. We loved seeing the Takahe up close and the staff were really helpful in finding them for us when they were off wandering. Saw almost all the...More

1  Thank Paul20012001
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is fantastic for a day-out if you are interested in bird-life. It is a huge areal and birds can be seen at the feeding-stations. Great idea! Be prepared of spending a complete day there! Though it is such a huge sanctuary, only part...More

1  Thank nocommer
Reviewed September 8, 2017

Orokonui is a marvellous place to view NZ wildlife in a natural setting. The sanctuary is well laid out with excellent walking tracks and viewing areas. The birdlife is extraordinary (tuis, bellbirds, takahe, kaka etc) and there is also the opportunity to see eels, skinks...More

1  Thank Bipod
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2017

Dear Bipod Thank you so much for your kind feedback. Thrilled that you had such a good visit. The team worked incredibly hard over the winter to keep our tracks in such good condition along with caring for the welfare of our wildlife. This can...More

Reviewed September 5, 2017

I did go there thinking as I was told it was a short 550m walk to see frogs. But it was a 4KM walk down a path way unsuitable for my grandmother who I also bought with us. Other than that Granny sat at the...More

1  Thank Diana R
Reviewed August 16, 2017

This is a great place for unwinding, being able to walk the paths at leisure, and here and there stopping to watch the birds - yesterday for us it was busy bellbirds, tuis and great big loping kakas - drinking, hopping about and well, yes,...More

1  Thank Helen M
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2017

Dear Helen M Thank you for your kind words, delighted that you had such a good visit especially on such a busy 'bird day'. The cafe is terrific and our dates scones are legendary. Come back soon and visit us again. Peace The Orokonui Team

Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Wow what else can I say? It was wonderful bring able to wander at our own liesure. Walking paths we used was suitable for prams, wheelchairs and older people. Saw moe birds than expected. Lovely cafe for a coffee afterwards. Short and pleasant drive from...More

1  Thank MMvet
Kejak70, Public Relations Manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Dear MMvet Thank you for the lovely revue, so delighted you enjoyed your time with us at Orokonui. It really is a magic place and it's amazing how invigorated you can feel after a walk in the forest. Come back and have another coffee with...More

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varuns001
December 30, 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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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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