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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Unforgettable experience - one of my favorite spots in NZ

New Zealand does wonderful things in the area of conservation. This is the only vendor given... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2014
Los Angeles, California
An Outstanding Attraction

This included a most enjoyable jet boat trip along a magnificent river, then a short, easy walk... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2014
Launceston, Australia
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Whataroa, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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