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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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A unique experience

A small group trip to see the nesting site of the white herons. The hide is across the river from... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2015
Exeter, UK
white heron trip

this was an amazing experience. It was late in the season but good display by white herons. Weather... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2015
Den T
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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...More

3  Thank matforddavid
Reviewed 2 March 2015

this was an amazing experience. It was late in the season but good display by white herons. Weather was great showing magnificent view of the mountains. the jet boat road exhilarating. The driver was very skilled and felt safe. Good standards of safety. Professional operation...More

2  Thank Den T
Reviewed 20 February 2015

We took the White Heron Sanctuary Tour at the end of the nesting season in late January or early February, 2014. We were warned about this before we booked the tour. We went anyway as we had heard from some friends that it was a...More

1  Thank greenmountains
Reviewed 29 January 2015

This is an excellent tour. Our young children and their grandparents also enjoyed it. We brought our own binoculars but nice to have many pairs available to use along with a telescope so we didn't need to share. We were impressed at how close we...More

1  Thank ajl795
Reviewed 25 January 2015

I live on the West Coast and have been meaning to do this tour for ages, but I always seem to think about it in the off season, Finally I managed to make it and WOW! could rave about it for days, the knowledge of...More

1  Thank Danice H
Reviewed 25 January 2015

Our family, two grandparents, two parents and three grandchildren, did this tour on the 21st January and there were 45 beautiful white herons and some spoonbills and 35 chicks in this tranquil setting of lagoon surrounded by native forest. Expert driving in mini bus and...More

1  Thank NorNor3
Reviewed 24 January 2015

I am not a bird person but this is excellent and fascinating. The trip up the river and walk through the temperate rain forest were special as was watching the birds from the excellent hide and the information provided by Ken and his son, 3rd...More

1  Thank Jill R
Reviewed 20 January 2015

We tried last year to come over from Christchurch and see the herons, too late, they'd gone! Last week I phoned and made an initial enquiry with Ken from the tour company and told him our preferred time of departure. Not a problem, he booked...More

2  Thank ChrizBee59
Reviewed 18 January 2015

I have just spent a few days in Whataroa to go and see the white herons. The visit lived up to my expectations which had been set by friends who had previously visited - both birders and non-birders. I learned a lot about the herons...More

2  Thank TichJones
Reviewed 11 January 2015

After two trips in a row cancelled, due to numbers, when I know there were other people waiting, I need to point out to you all, don't expect to run at the advertised times as they will run when they feel like it. Very frustrating,...More

2  Thank Palmypaul
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