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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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7857 State Highway 6, Whataroa 7857, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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Our tour group went on the jet boat trip

Really enjoyed the jet boat trip, all dressed up in life jackets and wet weather gear. We only saw... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Definitely a must-do!

We listened to a recorded commentary on the locality / history / geography during the 10 minute... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2017
Peter M
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7857 State Highway 6, Whataroa 7857, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4120
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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

1  Thank kandeb2016
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

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

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

Thank vankovaells
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for somewhere to just sleep the night on route along the west Coast then this place is ideal. Clean, tidy and comfortable bed. Over priced for what you get but ok for a basic night stopover.

Thank Sally G
Reviewed 4 February 2016

Fun jet boat ride down the river, saw lots of birds. Docked in the reserve and short walk to the hide. I was a bit worried about the walk but it is decking and flat with just a few steps from the boat an up...More

Thank Cresseragain
Reviewed 20 November 2015

Thoroughly recommend this trip. I didn't expect to get such a great view of not only the white Heron but Spoonbills and Shags as well. The viewing hide is opposite the nest site and even with my mobile phone I got lovely photos. Binoculars are...More

Thank Croxley_9
Reviewed 14 October 2015

The White Heron Sanctuary is one of New Zealands premier Wildlife experiences. While related species are common in Asia, the New Zealand White Heron is a small population which only breeds at the White Heron Sanctuary. The trip there is via jet boat and the...More

Thank Murry_Cave
Reviewed 3 February 2015

This is the only place you can see a nesting colony of white herons in New Zealand. A jetboat ride then walk along a boardwalk brings you to a hide just across the river from the colony, giving a great viewing and photo opportunities. The...More

1  Thank Chris1199
Reviewed 16 January 2015

We highly recommend this trip to everyone who visits South Island. It had been recommended to us by some friends as the best trip of their holiday and we fully agree. It is efficiently run by Ken and his team and every aspect had been...More

Thank Mardoll
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