Visitor Centre • Wildlife
Walks • Events • Cafe 

Come and see some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and plants in the most protected forest in the South Island. Just 20 minutes north of Dunedin you can see kaka, takahe, tui, bellbirds, silvereye, brown creeper, fernbird, tomtit, fantail, kereru, grey warbler, rifleman, Otago skink, jewelled gecko and tuatara!  If you're lucky you may also see kiwi, saddleback and robin.

A range of walking tracks through the beautiful native podocarp forest suits all abilities. Daily Guided Tours and Self-guided Walking are available. A wheelchair and stroller are also available. 

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See our Takahe. Feeding at 11am every day.

Need transport to the Ecosanctuary?

Click here to watch our Kaka & bellbird feeding station live.


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:

Our 1 hour tour departs at 11am and 1:30pm, our 2 hour tour departs at 11am
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


Find out more about our tours

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!

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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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