I really enjoyed my trip out in the boat with Swade. Even though it was just me he took me out showed me all the wildlife and gave me loads of background info without being too much. I saw royal spoonbill, rare white heron, 2 types of terns, shags, stilts...this is a great way to see the white heron which is in residence all year despite what the white heron company say. Highly recommend.
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Mike & Kirsty Wilmott
This is a really good way to see many of New Zealand's special birds close-up. We got very good views of Caspian Tern, Royal Spoonbill, White Heron and Australasian Bittern (Classic beak upwards upright stance - rarely seen in UK), as well as many others. It is also a good introduction to some of the plant and tree species around, and Swade will tailor his guiding to what is out and can be seen at the time. Worth thinking of combining a trip with one of the Okarito Kiwi Tours in the evening and perhaps a walk to the Trig point in the afternoon. My wife is not a regular birdwatcher but enjoyed this trip a lot.
We really enjoyed our tour of Okario Lagoon with Swade and appreciated his knowledge of the area.
Despite very heavy rain, Swade took us out for a memorable trip - seeing the first bar tailed godwits of the season come in, an australasian bittern at close quarters, caspian terns, royal spoonbill and white heron. He was so enthusiastic and it was wonderful.