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Kia ora koutou - We are happy to announce that Orokonui Ecosanctuary is now open!

Please note that our operating hours have changed:

We are now open Saturday, Sunday, Monday only, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Our Cafe remains closed. 

We are sorry to say that Horopito Cafe will be closed for the foreseeable future, so please bring your own food and drink when you visit - you are welcome to picnic in the Visitor Centre or on the deck - both have incredible views!

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There are some extra steps that you'll need to take when you visit, to ensure that we are all 'playing it safe' with respect to Covid-19:

Contact tracing: download the Rippl app so you can sign in and out quickly and easily; alternatively, be prepared to provide your name and phone number on arrival, and remember to check out with us at reception when you leave.

Payment: Our prefered method of payment is by credit or debit card - if you can please avoid paying with cash we would greatly appreciate it!

Clean hands: We have hand sanitiser stations throughout the Visitor Centre and ecosanctuary - please make use of these or the handwashing facilities in the bathroom to keep everyone safe;

Take care, be kind, and we look forward to seeing you all again sometime soon!! Physical distancing: Please make sure you respect the physical distancing rules and stay at least one metre away from people that you do not know - there's plenty of room to spread out within the ecosanctuary, but we will limit the number of people  in the Visitor Centre if we need to.  The Team at Orokonui XXX


We are currently celebrating Chuck Landis, retired Otago University geologist, long-term resident of Warrington and friend of Orokonui, passed away 11th July 2020. He is remembered as a kind and generous man with a fine and gentle sense of humour. The Geology Department and Chuck's family invite donations to Orokonui in his memory.  Donation information below.

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Payment methods:

Online payment to our bank, details as follows:

Bank account name: Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Bank account number: 06-0901-0377788-00

Please use the words 'chuck' in the particulars, and your name as the reference, and send an email to info@orokonui.nz with the date and amount of the deposit, so that we can send you a receipt for tax purposes. 

Send a cheque to: Orokonui Ecosanctuary, 600 Blueskin Rd, Waitati, Dunedin 9081

Please email us your postal address if you would like a receipt for tax deduction purposes.

All donations go directly to Orokonui Ecosanctuary’s biodiversity conservation. Thank you SO much for your generosity.