Orokonui Ecosanctuary information
This 307-hectare predator-free nature reserve encloses cloud forest on the mountainous ridge above Port Chalmers and stretches to the estuary on the opposite side. Its mission is to provide a mainland refuge for species usually exiled to offshore islands for their own protection. Rare bird species include kiwi, saddlebacks, takahe and kaka, while reptiles include tuatara and Otago skinks.
Visiting options include self-guided tours, hour-long guided tours (adult/child $30/15; departing daily at 11am and 1.30pm) and two-hour guided tours (adult/child $45/22; departing daily at 11pm). You'll need to book ahead for the two-hour twilight tours (adult/child $69/39). It's a well-signposted 6km drive from the main road into Port Chalmers.