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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

105 reviews
Whataroa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank clarkesmail
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Very professional operation. Decades of experience and knowledge and it shows. Very informative. Awesome views of the nesting birds.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank timmora
Reviewed 13 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Ankalima
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: January 2018
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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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