White Heron Sanctuary Tours

Birdwatching in Whataroa

The sight of scores of rare kōtuku nesting, nuzzling and soaring over the water is sheer delight, whether you're a bird-watcher or along for the ride. The 2½-hour tour involves a gentle jetboat ride to Waitangiroto Nature Reserve and a short boardwalk to the viewing hide, where you're also likely to see royal spoonbills and little shags. Book ahead.