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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Fantastic viewing, knowledgable and brilliant guide, quality tour

Unbelivable viewing opportunity of the heron's, spoonbills and shags. So close but subtle and... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
London, United Kingdom
Brilliant experience

The sole colony of white herons in New Zealand is reached by jetboat up the river, which is a great... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Margaret R
London, United Kingdom
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Whataroa, New Zealand
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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
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...More

Thank JennyC0309
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We contacted Dion on a wet day in Franz Josef and although short notice he easily arranged a time to take just the 3 of us by Jet Boat up to the Heron Sanctuary. The ride up was brilliant weaving through the farm land and...More

Thank Colin H
Reviewed 27 April 2016

The White Heron Tour begins about half an hour away from Franz Josef and well worth doing at the right time of the year. The advertising leaflet does say September to March although we went February and some white herons had already dispersed. However, the...More

Thank Suegofar
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I didnt do the tour but I did spend a lovely night at the attached hotel, run by the same folks. There seemed to be two parts to this hotel, the original next to the tour office and the old hospital down the road. I...More

Thank Lily W
Reviewed 21 March 2016

Whether or not you are an avid birder (and I am), this is a spectacular tour that allows you to see the only white heron breeding site in NZ. These statuesque birds breed in the summer and we were lucky enough to get there shortly...More

Thank yummyrib
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Arrived about 5.30pm for an overnight stay. Room clean and tidy, Internet very good. I could not get the television to work so rang the proprietor at 7pm. They were at my motel room within 5 minutes and very happy to help.Before she left she...More

Thank Denise2159
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