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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Fantastic trip

Great boat trip, fantastic bird watching. Very well organised, professional and friendly. Don't... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile

A privilege to be able to view these beautiful birds in their only nesting site in New Zealand. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Katherine D
Vancouver, Canada
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great boat trip, fantastic bird watching. Very well organised, professional and friendly. Don't miss it.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Katherine D
Reviewed 22 October 2017

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

Thank onerosenz
Reviewed 15 October 2017

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

Thank oamarugirl
Reviewed 29 September 2017

After a scenic jet boat ride down the Waitangitaona river,under stunning views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, we entered the nature reserve that is the only New Zealand nesting site of these beautiful birds. A short walk through Kahikatea rain forest (with some Royal...More

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

The kotuku have arrived back to the only breeding site in nz and are starting to pair up. Other birds here are the little shag and royal spoonbill. Dion took us on a magic trip and was very willing to share his extensive knowledge. Thanks!...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We have just spent the most magical afternoon with White Heron Sanctuary Tours visiting the hide opposite the only kotuku (white heron) nesting site in New Zealand. Our guide Dion was very knowledgeable about the birds and the area. We were privileged to be there...More

Thank Anne O
Reviewed 31 March 2017

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...More

Thank Yorkshirelad64
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
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...More

Thank Kaye W
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