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“Breathtaking experience”

White Heron Sanctuary Tours
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Whataroa
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
“Breathtaking experience”
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Sometimes the best experiences are the ones you stumble across unexpectedly. The White Heron Sanctuary Tour is not be missed - the jet boat ride down the river into the lagoon, a bush walk to the hide where binoculars and insect repellent are supplied, and then the magical breathtaking moment when the shutters are opened, and there, just across the river, are the white herons nesting, flying in and out, and keeping the royal spoonbills in line. An amazing sight. If you are traveling down the West Coast between November and March, don't miss it.

Visited February 2016
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
560 reviews
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“Great jet boat trip - lovely spot to view herons”
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Very laid back kiwi team to look aftet you - fun jet boat trip - easy walk to the hide and then pleasant 30 to 40 minutes viewing the herons breading area

They provide waterproof jackets and binoculars and a good overview of the herons breading habits, etc

Visited January 2017
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic trip. Totally recommend to all ”
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome. We had a great time. Professional and friendly operators. Jet boat driver and tour guide was knowledgeable and was great with my ASD son. Birdlife and viewing fantastic. Recommend to tourists and Kiwis. Special place to visit

Visited January 2017
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful Sanctuary surrounded by 1,000 year old trees (kakiatea)”
Reviewed 26 December 2016

The White Heron Sanctuary is protected by the Dept. of Conservation and the only way to see the nesting White Herons is by taking this tour. We were lucky and only had 3 people on our tour. The boat ride itself was great fun. It is a jet boat that flies down the river making sharp turns as the river bends. Once you get to the rookery you can view the herons, Little Pied Cormorants and Royal Spoonbills behind a blind. Great trip for photographers and all nature lovers.

Visited December 2016
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Not enough superlatives for this stay.”
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. .

Visited December 2016
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