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“Magnificent Scenery”

Waiatoto River Safari
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$150.51*
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Waiatoto River Safari
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Haast
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Waiatoto River Safari. Only NZ jet boat tour from the ocean to the mountains 2.25 hours of extraordinary nature and exceptional beauty only seen on this trip. Experience the history of Gondwana land, smell the rainforest as you walk softly through the dripping ferns with the sparkling clear light shimmering, with the snowy peaks as your backdrop. Your experienced guide will lead you through the ancient river, still untouched as it was thousands years ago when the Maori first roamed the land, the great Moa bird and Haast eagle still ruled the ancient forests. You will experience the magical, breathtaking beauty of the Te Wahipounamu, the maori name for the South West New Zealand World Heritage area and take home memories that will have you yearning to return once more.
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

what morning enjoyed by our family...the children continually talk about the jet boat ride along the river as "awesome" & the scenery is magnificent.

With John's passion & knowledge of the fauna and animals it all adds up to a highly recommended trip & one from what we all learnt so much from.

Thank you very much John.

Thank DashingNZL
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HannahsHomestead, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

What more could we ask for, when having a great family like yours stay with us and experience the magic of the West Coast, Haast and the Waiatoto River and mountains. Thanks for seeing what I see and yes your kids can be proud to be Kiwi's.

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Reviewed April 13, 2012

stunning river, wilderness scenery and a very knowledgable and skilful pilot and guide - loved the west coast rivers and this trip was the best.

Thank CynthiaCanberra
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HannahsHomestead, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

We are very pleased you enjoyed the trip that much, you categorise the River Safari as one of your best, Thank you for taking the time to post.

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Reviewed April 5, 2012

1  Thank Terry4959
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

John showed us a great time. We really enjoyed his enthusiasm and his extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna. The views on the tour were amazing.

Thank mpix
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HannahsHomestead, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2012

Hey Guys, thanks, its not hard when I we have such great upbeat folks like yourselves, I am pleased you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed March 10, 2012

If you want something different from a boring trip up a river get onto this safari. The boat pilot is passionate about the river and all the fauna and flora associated with it. Keep your eyes and ears open and see plenty of birds and forest that hasn't changed much over thousands of years. Find out what "Waiatoto" means when translated from Maori. Good one.

Thank ozrob09
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HannahsHomestead, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2012

Great photo, thanks again for taking me up the river, I am once again pleased that you enjoyed the trip enough to post a TA review.

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