This has been on bucket list for a while. The Jet Boat trip alone is worth the money. Dion the Guide/Driver did an excellent job, he knows his stuff and was very informative. The Sanctuary is very interesting, the chicks are quite visible from the...More
White Heron Sanctuary Tours
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Very professional operation. Decades of experience and knowledge and it shows. Very informative. Awesome views of the nesting birds.
Drive to Whataroa, a half hour drive north of Franz Josef. Book at the office on the main highway and enjoy a great jet-boat ride (no 360's) and see some beautiful birds that were rescued from extinction after they were no longer killed for the...More
A minibus trip to the boat ramp. All wet weather gear provided if necessary. A great jet boat trip to the nesting site, dodging fallen trees and black swans. The views from the hide are amazing. It’s lucky the Kotuku best on the same bend...More
So far, the best day of our trip, despite most of the herons going after the “ big storm” those that stayed were worth the trip, the guide was very knowledgable, helpful, the jet ride was exciting but very safe, any one who goes on...More
We joined this tour with three others and it was really the highlight of our three week holiday in the South Island. Because of the favourable sweather In spring and early summer some of the 39 breeding pairs had two or three chicks to feed...More
Great boat trip, fantastic bird watching. Very well organised, professional and friendly. Don't miss it.
A privilege to be able to view these beautiful birds in their only nesting site in New Zealand. The hide was well equipped with binoculars. The guide, Dion, watched the birds with us and drew our attention to specific behaviours.
On other trips you might spy white heron out and about catching dinner, but this is the only tour with a licence to take you to the nesting spot, a short stretch of the river where they have nested for hundreds of years. Our guide...More
What a great trip! Dion is a first class guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and laid back and the herons are a spectacular sight. We saw about 30 odd nesting pairs in full plummage. The trip in to see the birds in a Hamilton jet boat...More