We recently had the opportunity to visit another great Dunedin attraction – the Orokonui Eco Sanctuary.
Orokonui is the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island where multiple species of plants and animals are protected from predators. A predator fence surrounds 307 hectares of Coastal Otago forest, pests have been removed, habitat enhanced with weed control and planting, and many rare and endangered species re-introduced.
Orokonui is open every day from 9.30am – 4.30pm and you are able to explore it by either self-guided or guided tours.
The helpful team at the information desk will provide you with a map and explain about the different tracks to explore.
Every morning at 11am they feed the Takahe so this can be a great time to come out.
The Takahe are located near the centre so a good place to start exploring the sanctuary.
We joined a 1 hour guided tours with Head Guide Sue learning all about the Flora, Forna and bird spotting.
Once your guided tour finishes you are free to spend as long as you like exploring the sanctuary at your own pace.
After much exploring we headed back to the centre.
One of the displays shows not only the different species of birds you may have encountered but also you can press a button to hear the various sounds they make.
We came a cross this cheeky guy (the one on the right), he’s a Jewelled Gecko & very photogenic!
Ending our day with a well deserved cold drink in the cafe and admired the beautiful view and the birdsong from the deck.
If you would like to find out more about the Orokonui Eco Sanctuary, check out: http://orokonui.nz