Visitor Centre • Wildlife • Walks • Events • Cafe


Guided and self-guided explorer options

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You are invited to Nature Watch Expo - Discounted entry and tours

Why not give the gift of nature? Spend some time with the ones you love. Buy one of our gift vouchers or memberships.

Our 307-hectare native forest in Dunedin, on the east coast of the South Island, is the only Cloud Forest in New Zealand where indigenous plants and animals can live in the wild without threat from introduced pests. It is home to some of New Zealand's most fascinating and rare forest wildlife.

Visit us and explore the Ecosanctuary's protected habitat where you will experience a natural encounter with South Island forest wildlife in a cloud forest ecosystem. By visiting you will be supporting the preservation of biodiversity today and contributing towards a better tomorrow for our natural heritage. Daily Guided Tours, Self-guided Walking and After Dark Tours are available.

Nāu mai, haere mai.
Welcome to Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin, New Zealand.


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Explore Orokonui

Explore Orokonui Tour

Guided Tour Option 1 – Guided tours
1 hour or 2 hour guided walking tours with an expert and friendly guide, allowing visitors to experience the sights and sounds of the enchanting native New Zealand cloud forest.
Bookings are recommended for guided tours. All guided tour tickets include a complimentary unguided walking pass to allow guests to explore the Ecosanctuary at leisure.

Unguided walking Option 2 – Self-guided walking
Self-guided walking from 9.30am daily with final permits being issued at 3.30pm daily.

Entry into our Visitor Centre is free of charge.

All of the funds generated support the ongoing conservation work at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.


Tour times:

Both the 1 hour tour and 2 hour tours depart daily at 11am and 1.30pm
book a tour now
Special tour times for groups and cruise ships

Contact us directly on +64 3 482 1755
or info@orokonui.org.nz


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Our Forest of Knowledge

A wide variety of educational programmes

Educational Programmes

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is an exceptional education resource providing a wealth of information for all levels from early childhood to tertiary, from enthusiastic amateurs to research students and our beautifully designed, spacious eco-classroom provides a versatile and dynamic learning environment.

We offer a wide variety of programmes, each one reflecting the age and needs of its participants.

Please contact us on info@orokonui.org.nz
or +64 3 482 1755 to discuss your education or research options.

Find out more about our
educational programmes

Horopito Café

Open daily from 10.00am – 4.00pm

(not open on Christmas eve or Christmas Day)

The ecosanctuary cafe photo

Serving delicious delights overlooking the Ecosanctuary, Otago’s rugged Silver Peaks and the beautiful Waitati Valley. Call in for coffee and cake, lunch or a drink in one of Dunedin’s most scenic spots!

How can you help?

We invite you to play a part in the Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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Where you can find us

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Map

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