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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Address: Whataroa, New Zealand
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+64 3-753 4120

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Not enough superlatives for this stay.

Best value Accommodation I can ever recall here or overseas, coupled with the stunning experience with the White Herons tour, made this stay one I will always remember. Fantastic... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
John O
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

Best value Accommodation I can ever recall here or overseas, coupled with the stunning experience with the White Herons tour, made this stay one I will always remember. Fantastic, Superb couple of days. .

Thank John O
Jefferson, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 December 2016

The boat ride was really fun, but the real excitement came when we got to the nesting area! Not only were there White Herons, there were Royal Spoonbills, And several varieties of Shags. There were White Heron nests with downy white chicks, right next to a nest of downy black shag chicks and Royal Spoonbills chicks. The blinds were an... More 

Thank Jolene N
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Have been wanting to do this trip for years, I was not disappointed. "Never miss an opportunity to see something beautiful". It was so cool - I went on tour twice. Stayed for three days here in Whataroa and 3 days on Okarito. Great base to explore the area. Adele and Dion are amazing hosts/guides nothing is too much trouble.... More 

Thank fly_kiwi_fly
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

If you are in the area do go, it's a get jet boat ride and then a flat walk through bush - about 20mins to a very well placed hide. The views in mating season with all the nests are awesome.

Thank Carolmh95
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

This is a must do if you are in the area during breeding season. Saw heaps of white heron, little shag and royal spoonbills nesting. The jet boat ride was fun and the walk in through native bush was easy. Saw paradise ducks, pukekos, mallards, grey ducks on the way in and native orchids on the walk. The hide is... More 

Thank OkuraLass
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Unbelivable viewing opportunity of the heron's, spoonbills and shags. So close but subtle and harmless was the viewing hide. Clean, comfortable and informative shuttle from the office to the river side, then a scenic and enthrawling jet boat ride to the well maintained short walkway to the hide. All questions answered, suitable for all weather conditions and unique in New... More 

Thank 01donala
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

The sole colony of white herons in New Zealand is reached by jetboat up the river, which is a great experience in itself. The herons, and some royal spoonbills, nest on a small strip of river bank, like little white clouds among the trees. We visited at the start of breeding season, and pairs were nesting everywhere, swooping down past... More 

Thank Margaret R
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

I had no idea that these birds only nesting place in New Zealand is just a 300 metres strip of a bank in that river. Dion was a great guide, explained everything and left no question unanswered. Due to the cancellation of the other booked parties we had a special tour for the two of us. With all their gear... More 

Thank reinhard0753
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

I've visited the White Heron Colony thanks to the crew at White Heron Sanctuary Tours many times and I never get sick of it. The friendly crew at WHST, Dion and Adele always make for a great trip. This time I organised a couple of trips with some photography friends to go to the sanctuary when the adults have just... More 

Thank Murry_Cave
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

My husband stumbled across the White Heron Sanctuary tour on the web when we were planning our NZ South Island holiday. He said it looked great but I was ambivalent as neither of us are avid bird fanciers. I am so pleased we did this tour as it's a "must do" if you want something that's off the beaten path... More 

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