The White Herons – Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve – New Zealand is a must-do excusion for nature lovers.

About White Herons – Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve – New Zealand

This would have to be under the category of ‘unique tours’ – a chance to see white herons in their natural breeding colony at the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve. White Heron Tours is a family-owned small tour company with direct access to these beautiful winged birds. In fact, you can only get to see the White Herons by taking a guided tour. The tour starts from Whataroa and takes about 2-3 hours. In fact, if you’re on the way to Franz Josef Glacier, you can easily include this highlight in your travel itinerary.

White Herons - Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve - New Zealand

White Herons – Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve – New Zealand – the Sanctuary

White Herons – Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve – New Zealand can only be access by boat. The actual tour is divided into 3 parts with involves a short minibus ride to the river.  From the river, you’ll be transferred to a jet boat.  Now if you’re really lucky, you might have one of these majestic White Herons to escort you all the way into the Sanctuary. And if this happens, get your camera ready – they are absolutely breathtaking in flight!

White Herons - Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve - New Zealand

Photo by Glenda Rees


White Herons – Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve – New Zealand – highlights

The 20 Min boat ridge transports you to a private jetty.  From the jetty you’ll take a short boardwalk through native bush to the viewing platform.  At the viewing platform, you can sit in peace and quiet to observe the boards.  This takes about 30-40 mins.  The guides are passionate about the protection of the White Herons.  Watching the White Heron’s activity and attention to their young, is absolutely mesmerizing.

Photo by Murray Cave Photography

Photo by Murray Cave Photography

This is such a good value experience, because visitors also get to the the stunning and unusual looking Spoonbills (yes, their black beaks are really shaped like a spoon).

White Herons - Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve - New Zealand

The pristine rainforest environment is guaranteed to refresh your spirit. I can pretty much guarantee the memory of this tour will stay with you forever – as it will for me.

Happy Travelling

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