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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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white heron trip

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... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2015
Den T
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 with lots of information. great scenery that would not otherwise be seen. highly recommended.

2 Thank Den T
Burlington, VT
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 must do. We had a wonderful time. This trip is worth it for the boat... More 

1 Thank greenmountains
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 were able to be to the herons, spoonbills, and other birdlife.

1 Thank ajl795
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 these guys is second to none and the professionalism is beyond reproach. Definately worth the... More 

1 Thank Danice H
New Zealand
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 jet boat providing great views of this area. As there are only around 200 white... More 

1 Thank NorNor3
Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 and 4th generation proud Kiwis. They provided binoculars so that we could watch the White... More 

1 Thank Jill R
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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110 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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 us in, leaving us the option to change if we wanted to. We also booked... More 

2 Thank ChrizBee59
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 from the CD information played on the way out to the jet boat dock, and... More 

2 Thank TichJones
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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, forced to overnight and morning trip also cancelled, wasted 300k of travel for nothing... And... More 

2 Thank Palmypaul
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015 via mobile

We did this excursion in mid November about the time when the herons were in full nesting. The trip started out with a minibus ride towing the jet boat to a ramp 15 minutes away then a lovely 20 minute jet boat ride down river through mixed countryside and up into another bush area. Then a small walk on duckboards... More 

1 Thank redhorsegoggles

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