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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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Address: 600 Blueskin Road | Waitati, Dunedin 9059, New Zealand
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+64 3-482 1755
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
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Our 307 hectare Ecosanctuary is the only area of native forest in mainland...

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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We only popped in here as it looked intriguing as we drove past. How delighted we were that we did. We saw many native birds close up at a number of feeding stations. It was so... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We only popped in here as it looked intriguing as we drove past. How delighted we were that we did. We saw many native birds close up at a number of feeding stations. It was so peaceful, with only the various bird calls to listen to. We could have sat watching and listening for hours. The visitor centre was very... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great little ecosanctuary demonstrating the local flora, fauna and bird life. Set on the Otago hills has some semi alpine and then local bush and forest. Enjoyed seeing the Takehe with a superb talk, then other birds around the feeding stations. Not as extensive as the Wellington sanctuary or as well established but very good and definitely worth a... More 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the detour off State Highway 1, it felt like a different world but so close to Dunedin! The whole family throughly enjoyed the experience and we're lucky to see so many rare birds in such a natural environment. Well maintained tracks and facilities. Lovely relaxing cafe. Can't wait to come again and explore some longer walks, thankyou!

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Aszod, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a great experience to stroll among the beautiful and interesting native birds of New Zealand. Very well maintained, it really is a sanctuary!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I have visited before on my last time in New Zealand and really wanted to come back. First time around I found it a beautiful place, so peaceful with all the birds and fantastic native vegetation. This time the planting had matured and it was even more magical. We did a self guided walk as my friend lives close by.... More 

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State College
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We spent about 4 hours at the ecosanctuary and loved every minute of it. We did a self-guided tour, which was easy because the maps are clear and the paths are well-marked. We came early on a rainy (drizzly) day, so there were very few people there. It felt like we had the place to ourselves! We could hear the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch here and went for a walk through the native forest/ bush. A lot of work has gone into this attraction and preservation on the native bird life.

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Thank Shane190373
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Be sure to arrange for a guided tour or you will miss a lot and not know what you're seeing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Stumbled across this ecosanctuary by accident and decided to check it out; glad we did! This was a great place to view wildlife and plant life! Numerous different types of native (and non-native) New Zealand birds abound here. Great way to spend a few hours!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This ecosanctuary is a short drive from Dunedin, and would make a great half-day excursion. The grounds are extensive, so you can tailor your walk to the weather or your preference. We did most of the shorter circuits and spent a comfortable couple of hours wandering around, seeing a wide range of birds, many at very close quarters (the strategically-placed... More 

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