Whataroa River

Whataroa

The northern gateway to Glacier Country and South Westland

Whataroa is the northern gateway to Glacier Country and South Westland and the best place in New Zealand to see the rare native white heron (Kotuku).

Location

Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand

You can visit the nearby Waitangiroto Sanctuary on a guided tour and there is also an excellent 10-minute walk here with informative panels that tell you about native wetlands.

Glacier Country Scenic Flights are based in the Whataroa Valley, the gateway to the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks, home of over 800 Glaciers and NZ’s stunning Alpine scenery.

Visit the NZ Ice Escapes gallery or plan a Tour or Workshop with renowned New Zealand professional landscape photographer Petr Hlavacek.