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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Address: Whataroa, New Zealand
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+64 3-753 4120

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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.

Reviewed 20 November 2015
Helen B
Nice, France
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Nice, France
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
Vancouver, Canada
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96 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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 minutes. Arriving at the dock we walked along a boardwalk to the bird hide which... More 

Thank westcoasthiker1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 we had a great jet boat trip and a very informative commentary. We will encourage... More 

1 Thank Mike_Renner
Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 beautiful birds.and their babies we are near easy to take pictures and plenty of time.... More 

1 Thank kallie100
County Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 special. Watching the heron's , shags and spoonbills in their nesting area is absolutely amazing.... More 

1 Thank halfshirt25
Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

This trip is not just for birdwatching enthusiasts - it's for everyone who enjoys, values and respects wonderful wildlife living naturally in a pristine natural environment. Well, there's also the pleasure of heading down a shallow river in a jet-boat powered by a 454 cu. in. V8 to reach an isolated boardwalk and hide just 30 metres from the herons... More 

2 Thank RocketRog
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80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015

I visited a number of times last year but went back for the first time in the 2015 season on Saturday. Its the beginning of the White heron breeding season and I wanted some good photos. It was a great visit and I got exactly what I wanted. Great jet boat trip to the sanctuary as usual. We used the... More 

2 Thank Murry_Cave
Chevy Chase, MD
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125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Even for this non-birder, this was an excellent tour, especially when clouds and winds make glacier-viewing less appealing. A jetboat ride through an estuary takes you to a viewing blind across a creek from dozens of nesting herons and spoonbills. The opportunity to observe and photograph these majestic birds was thrilling

1 Thank KenCC
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2015

We went in February and was told the nesting season was near the end, despite that we chose to do the tour and boy was that the right choice. First part is on a mini bus to the boat. They had a audio running on the bus explain what we were going to see and about the area. Next we... More 

4 Thank bob194673
Exeter, UK
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114 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

A small group trip to see the nesting site of the white herons. The hide is across the river from the young birds, who return to the same spot, year after year. There are also spoonbills at the site. We travelled by minibus and jetboat to the isolated boardwalk leading to the hide, with some commentary about the sights of... More 

3 Thank matforddavid

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