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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa 7857, New Zealand
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Scenic boat ride up the river

We were told the season had ended early and most likely would not see any birds. The jet boat trip... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2014
Tucker1221
via mobile
A truly amazing experience!

Catching the herons in their nesting season (January) is something to remember a lifetime. These... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2014
econklin4
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Whataroa 7857, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

We were told the season had ended early and most likely would not see any birds. The jet boat trip up the river was well worth the price paid. We did see a fair number of ducks and other birds, but mostly it was a...More

2  Thank Tucker1221
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Catching the herons in their nesting season (January) is something to remember a lifetime. These birds are just amazing, with their beautiful, lacy feathers, and the numbers of them in the nesting area is also amazing. Our guide was great, very knowlegable and personable. Even...More

Thank econklin4
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We were warned that "the season was finishing early" by the operator but we went on this tour anyway and saw two chicks and one heron. So not the stellar experience we had been hoping for and real twitchers would want to come at Christmas...More

1  Thank PinkysMum
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Our host had raved about this spot. We were driving S and saw their sign. Stopped and learned a tour was leaving in10 minutes (yes - sometimes luck is on your side). You take a van (10 minutes) to the dock and then a jet...More

Thank JoeHouston52
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

New Zealand does wonderful things in the area of conservation. This is the only vendor given access to NZ's only white heron's breeding ground. You take a short bus ride to a pleasant jet boat ride to a lovely walk in the woods to a...More

1  Thank M B
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

This included a most enjoyable jet boat trip along a magnificent river, then a short, easy walk through a beautiful forest reserve to the nesting site of these wonderful white herons with their baby chicks (also spoonbills and shags) We were provided with binoculars if...More

1  Thank s_j_watson
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

This time the herons were still there, and even the pouring rain could not take anything away from this wonderful experience. Shirley and Ken have been running this now for 25 years, anmd son Dion is the informative jet boat driver and guide to what...More

Thank brians1195
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We took a short minibus ride to a jet boat which took us to the start of a short walk to the white heron viewing hide. It was raining so we were all provided with wet weather gear and leggings. There were about 40 nesting...More

Thank Lynne G
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

wow what an experience.....we walked through the most beautiful piece of rainforest to a site that we will never forget, about 45 nesting herons and many small chicks all in perfect view in front of us.Royal Spoonbill and cormorant also in the same spot. Our...More

Thank Dot B
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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
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