The tour departs from our office in Whataroa and consists of a short minibus ride to connect with our jet-boat for a gentle 20 minute scenic cruise into the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve (the only way to access this area is by boat). In the reserve we disembark from the boat for a short walk through ancient Kahikatea rainforest to our purpose built viewing hide to observe the magnificent White Heron or Kotuku in their natural nesting environment. The Royal Spoonbill and the Little Shag also share this special area and all can easily be seen from our hide.
Tours to the nesting site begin mid-September through to end February approximately.
The duration of the tour is approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Tours operate with a Department of Conservation concession and entry is by permit only.
All tours are accompanied by a Department of Conservation approved guide.
Tours operate wet or fine and wet weather gear is provided.
Tour times 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm…… conditions apply.