Orokonui

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a 307 hectare regenerating native forest north of Dunedin in which native plants and animals live in a safe, mostly pest free environment, preserving some of New Zealand's unique biodiversity and natural heritage.

A number of endangered species can be found at Orokonui after re-introduction into their natural habitat and signs are that they are beginning to thrive, with more sightings and with some bird and other species, such as geckos, appearing to start to make their own way into the sanctuary.

Visitors can be guided through the forest to learn about the fauna and flora and the conservation efforts to protect them. Or you can explore and discover the birds, plants and other animals by yourself as there are three open walking tracks for you to meander round at your own pace. Listening to the natural birdsong of a native New Zealand forest is a joy.

Guides will explain how vital the animals and birds are to the eco-system of the forest and how the intricately connected nature of this unique forest is finely balanced.

There isn't just the outdoor experience at Orokonui, there is also an environmentally friendly information centre full of displays demonstrating the past and wished-for future of Orokonui.

Nearby is the Orokonui cafe, where you can enjoy views out to the Silver Peaks and Waitati Valley, and the souvenir shop which sells local, eco-friendly products.

Entrance to Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Entrance to Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Rifleman, also known as a 'New Zealand wren'

Rifleman, also known as a 'New Zealand wren'

Easter orchid in the forest

Easter orchid in the forest

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