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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Over-delivered its promise

The jet-boat trip down the river was great fun with many wishing to take the wheel! All the birds... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom
An exceptional experience

The thrill of the Jet Boat on the river, the arriving on the lagoon behind the beach if just... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2016
Nelson, New Zealand
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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...More

Thank Chrisbeeoxford
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...More

Thank lagoon967
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
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...More

1  Thank Supergranbee
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...More

Thank Grant D
Reviewed 2 February 2016

This tour is more than a bird watching experience. It is that, of course, and the beautiful herons are the star of the tour. But this also includes a very good jet-boat ride down and up a splendid river, and into the Okarito Lagoon, with...More

1  Thank 367john
Reviewed 27 January 2016

With time running out on our last day in Franz Josef we were hoping to book a jet boat cruise. The only one available was the white Heron tour combining a jet boat cruise with a sanctuary tour to view the White herons only nesting...More

Thank Pauline N
Reviewed 5 January 2016

A truly amazing experience, from start to finish. The jetboat trip to the colony was scenic, with the ducks flying alongside the boat on many occasions. The short walk through the rainforest to the hide was well maintained, with signs explaining flora etc. Seeing the...More

Thank Juerg D
Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed this trip. 15 min drive, then a very nice jet boat ride for about 20mins. Short walk to the hide where there are binoculars and bug spray available to use! The birds are just lovely. Saw the herons feeding their young. For me...More

Thank Aoife S
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

During our Australien and New Zealand trip we have participated in many tours. This tour is absolutely great and was a big surprise for us. A truly unique experience, this is the promise father and son fulfil. We had a 14 km tour with a...More

Thank DagmarMueller
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