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“nesting area”(8 reviews)
“jet boat”(36 reviews)
Whataroa 7857, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 February 2013

A trip to the White Heron / Kotuku Sanctuary has been on my bucket list for some time. We saw not only the herons, but also spoonbills, shags, wood pigeons, and fantails. We could hear bell birds and tuis but they were shy and stayed...More

5  Thank KiwiWanderlust1
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

After two trips in a row cancelled, due to numbers, when I know there were other people waiting, I need to point out to you all, don't expect to run at the advertised times as they will run when they feel like it. Very frustrating,...More

4  Thank Palmypaul
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank DavidJP48
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

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

Thank mvanoudenaaren
Reviewed 9 February 2018

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

1  Thank lizzyb_11
Reviewed 19 January 2018

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

Thank Ankalima
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Voyage364596
Reviewed 27 December 2017

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

1  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

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