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West Coast White Heron Santuary Tours - Whataroa
Take a scenic Jetboat ride down the Waitangi Taona River, into the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve. View magnificent stands of ancient Kahikatea Forest (800 to 1000 years old).
A relaxing cruise amongst the primeval giants of our rainforests, gently float through some of the world's most intriguing scenery, learning how we preserve the delicate balances within one of natures oldest ecosystems .
View the beautiful orchids and ferns that adorn the reserve. This area is home to numerous native birdlife including Tui, Bellbird, Wood pigeon and Fantail.
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I was lucky enough to experience this fantastic trip, the jet boat ride is just majic with birdlife everywhere Paradise Ducks pop up out of the water as if they are racing the boat.
The water is so clear & the scenery just amazing, with plenty of photo opportunities of Mount Cook & Mount Tasman.
Heading up the river almost to the Tasman Sea where you can see the waves crashing on the shore & then heading further up to the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve.
The rainforest is spectacular & the birdlife abundant, soon we had reached the jetty & take a short walk through the rainforest to the viewing huts which are directly opposite the White Heron breeding colony.
The noise the excitement the feeding frenzy can all be witnessed with the binoculars provided, the shag, Spoonbill & many more species are all apparent, in a wonderful natural setting.