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7857 State Highway 6, Whataroa 7857, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the only place in NZ you can see white herons nesting, what more do you need to know? They can even provide binoculars, though the hide is close enough that you can see without them. The trip out and back is also an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ChasLeslie
Reviewed 18 October 2018

I've wanted to do this tour for 30 years or so and it was worth the wait. First the services of Dion: Very helpful at every timing challenge we had from the time we started communicating. Changed a tour time so we could fit a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AngevahnA
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Dion was really good and the boat ride there was a good mix of scenery and speed! The Herons were amazing and as the only site in NZ was very special.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank baskepj1
Reviewed 27 May 2018

This tour is a great way to see the white herons in their nesting colony, as well as have a tour of the estuary and lagoon. You get some nice views of the mountains from the coast as well. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank dcn_nz
Reviewed 9 February 2018

Highlight of holiday so far, guide reAlly knowledgable and helpful, jet trip very exciting but Safe great to see spoonbills and herons as nature should

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank lizzyb_11
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

A fantastic tour which gets you right into untouched nature, positioning you only metres from the colony. In addition to the white herons also spoonbill and shags. Dion is a greAt guide and jet boat driver! Indeed the jet boat ride was also a real...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Allan S
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Really enjoyed the jet boat trip, all dressed up in life jackets and wet weather gear. We only saw 6 white herons but we'll worth the trip

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We listened to a recorded commentary on the locality / history / geography during the 10 minute drive to the jetty and then regular comments from our knowledgeable jet boat driver afterwards. This meant that our tour of 9 were fully briefed on a whole...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Peter M
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Visited the sanctuary with a group of photographers and other keen to see these beautiful birds close up. Great value for money and knowledgeable commentary, Dion able to answer questions as well. Birds still courting, others with eggs which we could see in some nests...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank BluePoppyNZ
Reviewed 23 May 2016

The service was absolutely outstanding, they helped me with my lost back without any hesitation. They were nice and helpful! The place was nice and clean but again the people were the reason why I would recommend this acomondation to everybody, in these times it...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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