Orokonui Ecosanctuary is home to a wide range of wildlife, many of which are not found elsewhere in Otago. Learn a little bit more about our amazing wildlife here.

At least 20 native birds reside within the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, including some of the rarest found in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is home to six species of lizard, two species of frog and the iconic Tuatara.

Plants and Fungi

Around 193 native plants thrive within the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, protected from introduced browsing mammals such as deer, possums and goats.


A wide variety of amazing invertebrates live throughout the sanctuary.


Twelve species of native fish reside in Orokonui Ecosanctuary’s streams, ponds and wetlands.

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