White Heron Sanctuary Tours

White Heron Sanctuary Tours


8 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

2 Bird Watching

1 Okarito

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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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Terry Kirkhope's avatar

Terry Kirkhope

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This was a great experience, and it followed the advertised description very closely. A minibus ride, with information and a commentary about the natural history of the area and the birds, was followed by a very enjoyable jet boat ride to the nesting area. After a short walk on a very well maintained boardwalk, we arrived at the viewing hide. It is just across the river from the main nesting site of the White Herons, together with Spoonbills and Shags. In late November, we saw White Heron nests with eggs and with chicks from newly hatched to fully fledged. The trees so full of beautiful birds is a truly magnificent sight. The return journey is the reverse and, on the jet boat ride, we were "escorted" by Shelducks flying in formation with the boat. Taking care only to pick a good time of the year, I would most highly recommend this experience.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Pernille and Flemming's avatar

Pernille and Flemming


Ranking: 10/10

Interesting, good time to study the bird and a guide that knew a lot to tell.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Anne Courtenay

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous jet ride into nesting place of the White Herons-lovely board walk through forest to "hide".

Reviewed about 8 years ago

Pam&Steve's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A tremendous experience. Friendly drivers of van and jet boat made getting there lots of fun. Lovely forest walk and a well constructed hide for viewing. The birds were close and unconcerned. There were herons still in breeding plumage, chicks and squabbling teens and the comedic spoonbills were an unexpected bonus. A trip highlight.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Gerald Veldink's avatar

Gerald Veldink


Ranking: 9/10

By boat visiting white heron colony, the guide was very knowledgeable (Dion).

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Duncan Watson's avatar

Duncan Watson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is an excellent professionally run tour. You get to enjoy good views of the river, a pleasant bush walk, and plenty of time to view the White Herons and Spoonbill on their nests. The view from the hide was closer than I expected, and I got some good photographs. Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

Kristin's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

For those that are into wildlife, this tour is a must. The guide had alot of experience.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

Jan's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent. Really brilliant jetboat ride and then you get our and see the White Herons. Good value for money. Would recommend.

Reviewed almost 14 years ago