Whisper to the Birds – Orokonui Ecosanctuary Shuttle & Tour
Experience the best of New Zealand’s rare birdlife in a carbon-zero electric vehicle powered by renewable energy. Join a Whisper to the Birds small group tour of the award-winning Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Visitor Centre above Blueskin Bay, near Dunedin.
Glimpse rare New Zealand birdlife close-up in its natural setting in the 300-hectare self-sustaining Orokonui ecosystem that is an internationally recognised conservation project aimed at protecting our native wildlife.
The route to and from Dunedin takes you via the Otago Harbour bays to historic Port Chalmers, and then up over back roads among the volcanic peaks, with stunning panoramic views of Otago Peninsula and Dunedin along the way.
En route your driver will provide a customised, informal commentary about New Zealand's tectonic journey, recent human arrival, unique flora and fauna, and our innovative ways of living in and managing this corner of the planet.
We are passionate about protecting Otago’s natural heritage for generations to come so we use a small, quiet mini-van powered completely by electricity from hydro, wind, and geothermal energy.Book Now
Your experienced and passionate Orokonui guide will ensure the best bird-watching opportunities with likely species including takahe, kakariki, tui, bellbird, kaka. Other features of this eco-system include the conifer/broadleaf forest, skinks, eels, fungi, lichen, butterflies and moths. You will also learn how the conservation project is helping to re-establish rare native species that have long been in decline.
3½ hours – from Dunedin to Orokonui and return via interesting roads providing stunning views of the city and the Otago Peninsula and harbour.
Your camera is a must. There’ll be lots to photograph. Also, you should wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothes that can be taken off if it gets hot, and a jacket you can put on if it gets cold.
A tour leaves Dunedin at 10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, returning around 1.00pm, giving you time to enjoy more of Dunedin’s wonderful sights and tours the same day.
Yes, by the day before your tour. You can book through the Dunedin i-site or the BOOK NOW link.
Seniors and students $80
Children (5 – 16) $70
Pre-school children $20
Join us on a Whisper to the Birds – Coast to Cloud Orokonui Ecosanctuary Shuttle & Tour and experience the Kiwi difference!