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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Beautiful birds

During the short ride to the boat launch we listened to an informative audio telling us about the... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2015
Vancouver, Canada
via mobile
Unique experience

My wife had booked to go on the tour and at the last moment I was added as well. From the time we... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2015
Auckland, New Zealand
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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
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....More

2  Thank RocketRog
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...More

2  Thank Murry_Cave
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...More

1  Thank KenCC
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...More

4  Thank bob194673
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
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