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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Reviewed January 23, 2019

You have to book. Great trip taken when scenic flights grounded at Franz Josef. The weather was raining in Franz Josef but towards the coast and the sanctuary it improved greatly. If you are interested in birds, I cannot recommend this trip more highly. Even...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank trishydishy
Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

This has been on bucket list for a while. The Jet Boat trip alone is worth the money. Dion the Guide/Driver did an excellent job, he knows his stuff and was very informative. The Sanctuary is very interesting, the chicks are quite visible from the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank clarkesmail
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Very professional operation. Decades of experience and knowledge and it shows. Very informative. Awesome views of the nesting birds.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank timmora
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Drive to Whataroa, a half hour drive north of Franz Josef. Book at the office on the main highway and enjoy a great jet-boat ride (no 360's) and see some beautiful birds that were rescued from extinction after they were no longer killed for the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DavidJP48
Reviewed November 7, 2018

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 October 17, 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 October 10, 2018 via mobile

A minibus trip to the boat ramp. All wet weather gear provided if necessary. A great jet boat trip to the nesting site, dodging fallen trees and black swans. The views from the hide are amazing. It’s lucky the Kotuku best on the same bend...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mvanoudenaaren
Reviewed September 30, 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 May 26, 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 February 8, 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
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