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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Beautiful Sanctuary surrounded by 1,000 year old trees (kakiatea)

The White Heron Sanctuary is protected by the Dept. of Conservation and the only way to see the... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Not enough superlatives for this stay.

Best value Accommodation I can ever recall here or overseas, coupled with the stunning experience... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
John O
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Whataroa, New Zealand
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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...More

Thank kwren4
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
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...More

Thank Jolene N
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...More

Thank fly_kiwi_fly
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
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,...More

Thank OkuraLass
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...More

Thank 01donala
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...More

Thank Margaret R
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...More

Thank reinhard0753
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...More

Thank Murry_Cave
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