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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

#2 of 5 things to do in Whataroa Features Animals
Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Beginning of a new breeding season at the Waitangi Roto White Heron Sanctuary

I got an email from the helpful crew at the White Heron Sanctuary Tours saying the first boat was... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2013
High Cost - No Herons

Don't bother booking this until you have verified that the herons are in the sanctuary. We felt... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2013
Steve C
Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

I got an email from the helpful crew at the White Heron Sanctuary Tours saying the first boat was going to the sanctuary and so it was off to Whataroa for the day. A shorter trip on the jet boat this time as some changes...More

2  Thank Murry_Cave
Reviewed 4 March 2013

Don't bother booking this until you have verified that the herons are in the sanctuary. We felt terribly ripped off when we got out to the sanctuary, after a 20 minute jet boat ride, and we're then informed that the herons were gone. They did...More

2  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 27 February 2013

If you can do only one tour on the West Coast, make this the one. Leslie and Dion will take you by bus and jetboat into the real rainforest, with a bonus really being a visit to the heron sanctuary (go between October and January...More

2  Thank brians1195
Reviewed 16 February 2013

A trip to the White Heron / Kotuku Sanctuary has been on my bucket list for some time. We saw not only the herons, but also spoonbills, shags, wood pigeons, and fantails. We could hear bell birds and tuis but they were shy and stayed...More

5  Thank KiwiWanderlust1
Reviewed 27 January 2013

we had a wonderful trip out to the White Heron colony. My husband who loves photographing wildlife adored every minute of it and the jet boat ride there and back added to the fun. The tour needs a minimum of 4 people to run so...More

1  Thank realtangobabe
Reviewed 28 November 2012

Have visited the White Heron Sanctuary twice this year and plan to go back again within the next couple of weeks. Yes its not cheap but its value when you consider what you get; the jet boat ride, having Paradise ducks chasing the boat, seeing...More

2  Thank Murry_Cave
Reviewed 30 October 2012

This is a fantastic tour for anybody to experience. We went on a very windy day but this in no way detracted from the tour. The operators looked after us in a very professional manner and were a wealth of information. We had a jet...More

3  Thank Wanakai-SITE
Reviewed 23 February 2012

We were lucky to be at the sanctuary in the middle of the nesting season. There were tens of white herons, cormorants an spoonbills, most of them busy in feeding the hungry chicks, some still sitting. There is an excellent observatory, right in front of...More

4  Thank judsk
Reviewed 10 February 2012

Take a jetboat through secluded rivers to a unique nesting site of the white heron and also royal spoonbill. Your guide is knowledgable, the forest magnificent, the waterways quiet and offer a magic ride through the vegetation. You can take a short walk through a...More

3  Thank enjoytraveladelaide
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Great family business and very knowledgeable and passionate about the Herons. Amazing to see such a small concentrated bush area that they return to every year to nest. You need to see this to really appeciate how special it is.

4  Thank NotistBodds
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