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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Bird enthusiasts paradise

We did an early morning trip starting with a gentle jet boat trip winding through narrow streams... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
Chris T
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Stunning & Magical

This tour is a unique experience and one to put on your 'must do' list! There is a minibus ride to... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
Kaye W
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We did an early morning trip starting with a gentle jet boat trip winding through narrow streams leading to the white heron colony. Beautiful scenery. Tranquil and peaceful.

Thank Chris T
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

This tour is a unique experience and one to put on your 'must do' list! There is a minibus ride to the river with a friendly driver commentary that is most informative, then a brilliant jet boat spin to the nesting site, going past ancient...More

Thank Kaye W
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Fabulous trip down the river with friendly and knowledgeable Guide Deon. The drive in is across farmland and then a 15 min jet boat ride down the river almost to the coast before turning into a DOC controlled reserve of natural bush and the amazing...More

Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Great tour. We had been sitting in the rain at Franz Josef for several days and were a bit stir crazy to do something. After a torrential downpour the prior night we decided to do the 9:00 AM tour in Whataroa. Initially the 6 people...More

Thank H2OAlgae
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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