Lonely Planet review
The Orokonui Ecosanctuary occupies a 300-hectare nature reserve on Otago Harbour’s north shore. Its mission is to provide a predator-free refuge to repopulate species previously exiled to smaller offshore islands. Around 20 different species of birds now make the sanctuary their forest home. Options to visit include self-guided tours, or to join a one-guided tour (adult/child/family $29.90/14.90/74.90; departs daily at 11am) or a two-hour guided tour (adult/child/family $44.90/22.50/112.50; departs daily at 1.30pm). Two-hour twilight tours (adult/child/family $69.90/39.90/186) depart one hour before sunset on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons. Check the website for current times. The sanctuary can also visited on the Orokonui Express, a combination rail and road excursion on the Seasider train departing from the Dunedin Railway Station. Check the website or ask at the i-SITE.