White Heron Sanctuary Tours

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


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, New Zealand
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