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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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An easy trip to make from Franz Josef

The White Heron Tour begins about half an hour away from Franz Josef and well worth doing at the... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Redditch, United Kingdom
Great hotel facilities

I didnt do the tour but I did spend a lovely night at the attached hotel, run by the same folks... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2016
Lily W
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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...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
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
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