View the majestic Kotuku (White Heron), the Kotuku Ngutu Papa (Royal Spoonbill), Kawapaka (Little Black Shag) and other Bird life - all in their natural environment within the Waitangiroto nature Reserve. This is a small group tour suitable for those who have a genuine love and respect of birdlife.
Tour Details - White Heron Tours Whataroa:
Tours to the White Heron Colony open late October and the Kotuku disperse from the colony about the end of February/Early March each year. This is a unique experience for bird lovers, as this is New Zealand's only Kotuku nesting site.
The round trip tour begins at Whataroa and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. From the Whataroa office, a short minibus ride takes you to the river to connect with the jet boat. The jet boat ride is a gentle 20 minutes each way. From the jetty, take a short boardwalk (500m) through native bush to the viewing platform where you can stay 30-40 minutes to view the birds.
Tours run under concession with the Department of Conservation and bookings are essential. Entry is by Permit Only and all tours are accompanied by a guide. Wet weather gear is provided.
Tours run at approximately 9am, 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm and maximum numbers are 12 per tour.