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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Amazing wildlife experience

The boat ride was really fun, but the real excitement came when we got to the nesting area! Not... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2016
Jolene N
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Jefferson, Colorado, United States
Totally amazing - true Southern hospitality

Have been wanting to do this trip for years, I was not disappointed. "Never miss an opportunity to... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
fly_kiwi_fly
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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

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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
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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.

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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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...More

Thank Colin H
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