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Orokonui Bird Sanctuary to Purakaunui is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 1,870 ft Route type Out & Back


Nature trips


Bird watching


Wild flowers


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First to Review

Starting out in Pūrākaunui Inlet is a wonderful way to experience Mt. Mopanui. My first bit of feedback is that this trail should be called “McKessar Track to Mt. Mopanui (via Pūrākaunui Inlet)” as there is a second, much smaller track that reaches the Mopanui Trig Station from the Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary side of the mountain. We started from Ridge Street, where we live, but recommend people park either at the Pūrākaunui Domain or the Boat Ramp as indicated by the track published in AllTrails. We hiked along the Pūrākaunui Inlet track, then up Pūrākaunui Station Rd as published. The only caution being that the track enters private property above the railway line, so hikers are asked to stick to the published track. That said, there are several vehicle tracks on the way up, which turn into trappers tracks, so keep an eye on the published route. Confident hikers will have no issue with the final trappers track to the summit, but those less confident may prefer to stay on the vehicle track that wraps around the hill’s contour lines to Mopanui Road. (From there, you could take the “Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary Track” up the South face of the Mopanui Summit to the Trig Station). We roughed it, by pushing through the trappers track on the North side of Mt Mopanui to the summit; had a quick munch in the clouds, then called in our pick-up, before descending on the south side of the summit, where we met our ride at the Orokonui Car Park. (Were it not for the COVID-19 restrictions, the Eco-Sanctuary would be a fabulous place to finish the hike with a cheese roll and a coffee). For those not fortunate enough to catch a ride home, you could return to Pūrākaunui Inlet either via the route you hiked in, or by continuing past the Eco-Sanctuary, returning via Blueskin Road then Pūrākaunui Road (taking care to watch for traffic). A very satisfying hike with the promise of stunning panoramic views. Enjoy!