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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Address: Whataroa, New Zealand
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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... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Colin H
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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 although quite a miserable day no need to avoid going. Spend an hour at the... More 

Thank Colin H
Redditch, United Kingdom
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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 jet boat ride up the river is really good and then there is a short... More 

Thank Suegofar
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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185 reviews
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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 was in the old hospital - dont worry, there are no hospital beds and no... More 

Thank Lily W
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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 after most of the chicks had recently hatched. There are fewer than 150 nesting pairs... More 

Thank yummyrib
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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 told me if i had any other problems just ring. Very accommodating. SERVICE WITH A... More 

Thank Denise2159
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

The jet-boat trip down the river was great fun with many wishing to take the wheel! All the birds, White Heron, Royal Spoonbill and Little Shag were there and also a view of a rare canopy orchid. The Swamp Harrier was around a few times.The board walk through the rain semi-tropical forest was fascinating. Dion new his stuff and ensured... More 

Thank Chrisbeeoxford
Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

The thrill of the Jet Boat on the river, the arriving on the lagoon behind the beach if just amazing. After drifting through the ancient forest you land at a jetty. From there you enjoy this delightful boardwalk through the bush learning lots of native plants. You arrive at the Hied, which is two storey which means you are able... More 

Thank lagoon967
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Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Room clean and serviceable. and huge bathroom. Internet very good and television worked well. Cooking very limited. No shops open after 5 pm for milk or provisions. Local hotel very grim. Will eat on route to next destination . Just about adequate but no frills.

Thank Geraldine1159
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip, a short ride in the minibus then suitably equipped with life jackets we were on the jet boat down the river. Moored up away from the birds it is an easy board walk through the rain forest to a viewing spot and then on to the hide opposite the nesting site. Only a few... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

We were introduced to this by friends otherwise we wouldn't have known about it. We were thrilled because the whole trip is run professionally and is simply an experience that will remain with us forever. February is the end of the season for the herons but there were still some there - we saw 8 though there would surely be... More 

Thank Grant D

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