Great tour. We had been sitting in the rain at Franz Josef for several days and were a bit stir crazy to do something. After a torrential downpour the prior night we decided to do the 9:00 AM tour in Whataroa. Initially the 6 people on our tour climbed into a van for a 14km ride. There was so much water from the rain that the road was flooded in many sections. At the dock we climbed into the jet boat for our fanciful ride down the rain swollen river. Whee! After arriving at the conservation area and docking, there was a short bush walk on a boardwalk platform to the viewing hut. The cranes were just across the water channel, maybe 50 yards away. The sun was shining! We saw parents swooping in to feed chicks, some recently hatched chicks in the nest and the comical looking Spoonbill birds overseeing the action. Plenty of opportunities for photography and questions. There was a spotting scope in the hut that you could use. This was a great half day activity.
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