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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Nature lover's will enjoy this one

This was a bucket list trip for me as I am named after the White Heron (Kotuku). This half day... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2015
Brisbane, Australia
Rare gracious birds feeding their chicks

It's a privilege to be able to watch this rare gracious birds in their nesting colony feeding their... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2015
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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
Reviewed 20 November 2015

A trip to a different world.See rare white heron rearing young in there own colony.No artifacts just sit in a hide and observe these splendid birds go about their everyday life.

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

During the short ride to the boat launch we listened to an informative audio telling us about the area and the birds we would be seeing, then came the fun part ...... Riding down the river in a jet boat! The trip took about 20...More

Thank westcoasthiker1
Reviewed 13 November 2015

My wife had booked to go on the tour and at the last moment I was added as well. From the time we stepped into the building to confirm the booking with Dion's wife, we felt very welcome. Apart from seeing the white herons nesting...More

1  Thank Mike_Renner
Reviewed 10 November 2015

If you like birds and photography don't miss this tour. This tour begin with a nice welcome. First 15 minutes in a min van and another 15 minutes in a jet boat nice experience. Then we arrive in the place where are those rare and...More

1  Thank kallie100
Reviewed 10 November 2015

Our group - 3 mature adults !! - went on the tour a couple of days ago. The jet boat trip in itself is very good but pales in comparison with the sanctuary. On arrival you feel as if you have arrived somewhere unique and...More

1  Thank halfshirt25
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