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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, just 20kms north of Dunedin, is a specially protected native forest where visitors may see tuatara and 17 species of native birds. It has a track network to suit all abilities and offers self guided walking and guided tours. Its award winning Visitor Centre and café are open seven days a week.

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Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula

Dunedin Cities Otago Peninsula stretches along the southern edge of the Otago harbour. It has been described by internationally acclaimed environmentalist David Bellamy as the “finest example of eco-tourism in the world”.

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Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Hoiho)

Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Hoiho)

The Otago Peninsula is home to one of the world’s rarest penguin’s the Yellow Eyed penguin, or Hoiho (its Maori name, which means noise shouter). The Yellow Eyed penguin gets its name from its distinct yellow head band and yellow iris.

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Northern Royal Albatross

Northern Royal Albatross

At the end of the Otago Peninsula on Taiaroa Head (only 32 kms from the city centre), is home to the only mainland breeding colony of Albatross in the world, the Northern Royal Albatross. These magnificent birds have a 3 metre wingspan and can travel over 100km an hour.

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Little Blue Penguin (Korora)

Little Blue Penguin (Korora)

The world's smallest penguin, little penguin (also known as little blue penguin) stand just over 25 cm and weigh around 1 kg and also call the Otago Peninsula and wider Dunedin region home.

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New Zealand Sea Lion (Rapoka/Whakahao)

New Zealand Sea Lion (Rapoka/Whakahao)

Formerly known as the Hookers Sea Lion, these amazing mammals are very endangered and only found in New Zealand. They are one of the rarest species of sea lion in the world and arguably the most threatened because of their declining numbers and restricted breeding range. They are very protective of their patch, so remember to give them their space and keep your distance.

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New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno)

New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno)

The most common seal on the New Zealand mainland is the New Zealand fur seal which can be found in abundance on the Otago Peninsula and wider Dunedin surroundings.

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Kiwi (Haast tokoeka)

Kiwi (Haast tokoeka)

Nineteen young kiwi roam a hillside within the Dunedin area for the first time in 130 years. Orokonui Ecosanctuary hosts these nocturnal birds within a 307hectar predator proof fenced forest looking over Blueskin Bay.

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South Island Kaka

South Island Kaka

The very rare South Island kaka are the most colourful of all New Zealand parrots and is easily seen at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

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Other pelagic Birds

Other pelagic Birds

Stewart Island shags, little shags, spotted shags, bullers albatross, white capped albatross, southern royal albatross, pied stilts, variable oystercatchers, sooty shearwaters, spoonbills, and giant petrels ... all can be found on the Otago Peninsula and wider Dunedin caostline.

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Tuatara

Tuatara

This distinctive reptile is not a dinosaur but the sole survivor of a 230 million-year-old group of reptiles that have disappeared elsewhere about 100 million years ago. Seventy-eight tuatara now live in the wild at Orokonui Ecosanctuary thanks to a gift from Ngati Koata.

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Takahe

Takahe

These flightless giant rails were thought to be extinct until 1948 when a small remnant population was discovered in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. A pair of takahe free roams in Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

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Wildlife Tours

Wildlife Tours

Many have said that the beauty of Dunedin's eco-tour attractions is that they are easily accessible to visitors of any age. All of them can be reached by coach, car and on-site transport.

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Otago Peninsula Wildlife

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