Welcome to the truly unique experience of
White Heron Sanctuary
This shows a family group of Kotuku (White
Heron) feeding their chicks during the nesting season. This is just one of the wonderful sights
that can be seen on our tours.
The Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve is a
sanctuary to most of the bird life that you will see in the South West Heritage
Area. The pristine rainforest, predominantly Kahikatea, stands tall, and
shos off it's untouched beauty. During the summer months, the majestic
Kotuku (White Heron) can be viewed, in all it's pluming glory as it nests in the
swamp forests on the banks of the Waitangi Roto Stream. The
Kotuku Ngutu Papa (Royal Spoonbill) and the Kawapaka (Little Shag) also
take advantage of this prime spot to rear their young.
During the crystal clear days of the winter
months, the rainforest, alive with an array of bird life, is a photographers
paradise as the snow capped peaks of mounts Cook and Tasman can easily be
Note: This area IS a Nature Reserve
and guided tours are ONLY available from Whataroa.
Kotuku (White Heron) in flight
In addition to this there are a huge range
of other birds to be seen, or heard, on the tour. Along the way you will
also see some of our beautiful and unique New Zealand flora. Just browse
through our site for more information, we hope you enjoy the bird calls that you
will hear as you navigate our site.
Royal Spoonbill wading to feed
To hear the bird calls you may encounter on
the tours, click on the sound links below.
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We look forward to seeing you on our tours
and are happy to provide you with any further information that you may
require. Feel free to email us, telephone us or post your enquiry.
Free phone: 0800- 523- 456
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