Orokonui Ecosanctuary


Play eye-spy on the scenic 25-minute drive from Dunedin to reach this predator-free native cloud forest, home to some of our rarest birds, reptiles and plants.


  • Explore the interactive visitor center to learn more about Orokonui and some of the world’s most fascinating, rare wildlife.
  • Get out into the ecosanctuary for close encounters with tuatara, Otago skink and takahē.
  • Practise your best bird call whistle to bring forest birds down from the trees – try different sounds to attract different birds.
  • Look for signs of animals near the walking paths – who might have left the poos?

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 1,743K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word – write it down.

Getting there: Orokonui Ecosanctuary is at the top of Blueskin Road,  25 minutes by car from Dunedin City centre via either SH1or SH88.

Address: 600 Blueskin Road, Waitati, Dunedin.  

Claim your reward

Tell us the Orokonui Ecosanctuary code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary logo.

  • The ecosanctuary and visitor center is open daily 9.30am - 4.30pm.
  • There is a charge to get into the ecosanctuary.
  • Upon arrival tell the visitor center staff that you are taking part in Kiwi Guardians and you will receive a 10% discount.
  • There is plenty of accessible car parking space. 
  • The visitor center has toilets, a café, a gift shop and interactive interpretation. 
  • There are a range of walking tracks with guided tours and self-guided walking available. 

Find out entry fees and other information on the Orokonui Ecosanctuary website. 

The ecosanctuary is overseen and managed by the Otago Natural History Trust.

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