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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Beautiful herons in perfect setting

This trip is not just for birdwatching enthusiasts - it's for everyone who enjoys, values and... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2015
Melbourne, Australia
Visited for the first time this year on Saturday. Great day

I visited a number of times last year but went back for the first time in the 2015 season on... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2015
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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
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
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