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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Good but not a 'must do' for me

An enjoyable trip to see the heron breeding colony, hosted by a very knowledgable guide. The trip... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
Breathtaking experience

Sometimes the best experiences are the ones you stumble across unexpectedly. The White Heron... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
Anne T
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Whataroa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

An enjoyable trip to see the heron breeding colony, hosted by a very knowledgable guide. The trip involves a ~15 minute van ride followed by an enjoyable ~15 minute jet boat ride to get to the breeding grounds. You then have ~30 minutes to watch...More

1  Thank DexterD2013
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Sometimes the best experiences are the ones you stumble across unexpectedly. The White Heron Sanctuary Tour is not be missed - the jet boat ride down the river into the lagoon, a bush walk to the hide where binoculars and insect repellent are supplied, and...More

1  Thank Anne T
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Very laid back kiwi team to look aftet you - fun jet boat trip - easy walk to the hide and then pleasant 30 to 40 minutes viewing the herons breading area They provide waterproof jackets and binoculars and a good overview of the herons...More

Thank kiwi-traveller-PS
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome. We had a great time. Professional and friendly operators. Jet boat driver and tour guide was knowledgeable and was great with my ASD son. Birdlife and viewing fantastic. Recommend to tourists and Kiwis. Special place to visit

Thank Kate G
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
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