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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Address: Whataroa, New Zealand
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Well run, personable and informative tour

Dione took us out to the white heron's nesting site, including a fantastic jet boat down river to the lagoon near the coast. He was a great guide, and well informed... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dione took us out to the white heron's nesting site, including a fantastic jet boat down river to the lagoon near the coast. He was a great guide, and well informed. Unfortunately, New Zealand had a lousy summer 2016/7 (except for the time we were there!) and the white herons had up and left early. Nothing they could do about... More 

Thank Yorkshirelad64
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We did an early morning trip starting with a gentle jet boat trip winding through narrow streams leading to the white heron colony. Beautiful scenery. Tranquil and peaceful.

Thank Chris T
Dunedin, New Zealand
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203 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This tour is a unique experience and one to put on your 'must do' list! There is a minibus ride to the river with a friendly driver commentary that is most informative, then a brilliant jet boat spin to the nesting site, going past ancient kahikatea on the riverbank. A boardwalk through the forest takes you to the hide from... More 

Thank Kaye W
Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Fabulous trip down the river with friendly and knowledgeable Guide Deon. The drive in is across farmland and then a 15 min jet boat ride down the river almost to the coast before turning into a DOC controlled reserve of natural bush and the amazing white heron breeding colony. Plenty of time to view and ask questions and local family... More 

Thank Margaret H
Winters, California
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69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Great tour. We had been sitting in the rain at Franz Josef for several days and were a bit stir crazy to do something. After a torrential downpour the prior night we decided to do the 9:00 AM tour in Whataroa. Initially the 6 people on our tour climbed into a van for a 14km ride. There was so much... More 

Thank H2OAlgae
Wellington, New Zealand
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89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

An enjoyable trip to see the heron breeding colony, hosted by a very knowledgable guide. The trip involves a ~15 minute van ride followed by an enjoyable ~15 minute jet boat ride to get to the breeding grounds. You then have ~30 minutes to watch the herons from a well prepared and situated viewing hut, complete with binoculars. You are... More 

1 Thank DexterD2013
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Sometimes the best experiences are the ones you stumble across unexpectedly. The White Heron Sanctuary Tour is not be missed - the jet boat ride down the river into the lagoon, a bush walk to the hide where binoculars and insect repellent are supplied, and then the magical breathtaking moment when the shutters are opened, and there, just across the... More 

Thank Anne T
Wellington, New Zealand
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556 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Very laid back kiwi team to look aftet you - fun jet boat trip - easy walk to the hide and then pleasant 30 to 40 minutes viewing the herons breading area They provide waterproof jackets and binoculars and a good overview of the herons breading habits, etc

Thank kiwi-traveller-PS
Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome. We had a great time. Professional and friendly operators. Jet boat driver and tour guide was knowledgeable and was great with my ASD son. Birdlife and viewing fantastic. Recommend to tourists and Kiwis. Special place to visit

Thank Kate G
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

The White Heron Sanctuary is protected by the Dept. of Conservation and the only way to see the nesting White Herons is by taking this tour. We were lucky and only had 3 people on our tour. The boat ride itself was great fun. It is a jet boat that flies down the river making sharp turns as the river... More 

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