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Part of Trip home to Coast

This has been on bucket list for a while. The Jet Boat trip alone is worth the money. Dion the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
clarkesmail
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Fantastic experience

Very professional operation. Decades of experience and knowledge and it shows. Very informative... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
timmora
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

Best value Accommodation I can ever recall here or overseas, coupled with the stunning experience with the White Herons tour, made this stay one I will always remember. Fantastic, Superb couple of days. .

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank JohnO4305
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

The boat ride was really fun, but the real excitement came when we got to the nesting area! Not only were there White Herons, there were Royal Spoonbills, And several varieties of Shags. There were White Heron nests with downy white chicks, right next to a nest of downy black shag chicks and Royal Spoonbills chicks. The blinds were an easy walk through the rainforest from the boat landing, with many of the flora identified by Dion. A must do adventure!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Jolene N
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Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Have been wanting to do this trip for years, I was not disappointed.
"Never miss an opportunity to see something beautiful".
It was so cool - I went on tour twice. Stayed for three days here in Whataroa and 3 days on Okarito. Great base to explore the area. Adele and Dion are amazing hosts/guides nothing is too much trouble.
The are providing incredible protection and advocacy for the birds and the area, and doing everything they can to ensure a future for these birds. $135 for trip. Accomodation really clean and comfortable, totally recommend, can't wait to come back.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

If you are in the area do go, it's a get jet boat ride and then a flat walk through bush - about 20mins to a very well placed hide.
The views in mating season with all the nests are awesome.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Carolmh95
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

This is a must do if you are in the area during breeding season. Saw heaps of white heron, little shag and royal spoonbills nesting. The jet boat ride was fun and the walk in through native bush was easy. Saw paradise ducks, pukekos, mallards, grey ducks on the way in and native orchids on the walk. The hide is covered and bang opposite the birds. Fabulous views.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank OkuraLass
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