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White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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A unique experience to visit New Zealand’s only white heron nesting site in the Waitangi roto Nature Reserve.


Adult: $NZ 150 / Child up to 12 years: $NZ 75

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We are the only operators approved to take tours to this protected area.

White Heron Sanctuary Tours are a family-owned company.

The only access to this area is from Whataroa.

Tour types

All tours are accompanied by a Departement of Conservation approved guide. Wet weather gear is available.

White Heron Tour

The tour departs from the Whataroa office by minibus. We then board the jet boat for a 20 minute scenic cruise into Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

Once in the reserve we disembark for a short walk through the rainforest to the viewing hide to observe nesting White Heron (Kotuku).

The tour is about 2.5 hours. The White Heron nesting site begins mid-September and operates through to the end of February.

Rainforest Nature Tour

From March through to September over the winter months, We offer a very informative Rainforest Nature Tour into the reserve from March to September.

The tour is 2.5 hours.


43 Main Rd, Whataroa 7886, West Coast, New Zealand

65 Main South Road, State Highway 6. Whataroa. 30 km north of Franz Josef. 100 km south of Hokitika.

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