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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Glorious encounter with a magnificent bird

This tour is more than a bird watching experience. It is that, of course, and the beautiful herons... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2016
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Brilliant, unique experience!

With time running out on our last day in Franz Josef we were hoping to book a jet boat cruise. The... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2016
Pauline N
Canberra, Australia
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Whataroa, New Zealand
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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
Reviewed 30 December 2015

This was a bucket list trip for me as I am named after the White Heron (Kotuku). This half day trip was well worth the time and money. The jet boat ride to the colony was great; thrill seekers will find it sedate but the...More

Thank Kombucha_Socialist
Reviewed 30 December 2015

It's a privilege to be able to watch this rare gracious birds in their nesting colony feeding their chicks. Right there, in front of you, just across a small river. Demanding more food chicks make you wonder how much patience parent bird can have. Chicks...More

Thank NorthShore777
Reviewed 12 December 2015

My husband and I did this trip last year and just had to return. This time I had my near 90 year old mother with us. The company arranged a wheelchair for her and the your guide - Dion I think - wheeled her in...More

Thank MamoC
Reviewed 2 December 2015

We're a low decile primary school from West Auckland and fundraised for two years to take our tamariki to the South Island including four days on the West Coast. It took two days to get our group of 96 through so one bus went to...More

1  Thank m13tuesday
Reviewed 30 November 2015

We have contemplated doing this tour for a number of years and finally did. This was a really special experience. From the jet boat ride to seeing New Zealands only nesting site for the Kotoku was really awesome. Our tour guide Dion was friendly yet...More

1  Thank Maria L
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