Whataroa is the departure point for White Heron Sanctuary Tours. For over 29 years the Arnold family have been delighting visitors by sharing this world-class attraction with them. The 2.5 hour tour consists of a short minibus ride to connect with a jet-boat for a gentle 20 minute scenic cruise into the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve (area accessible by boat only). Once in the reserve there is a short walk through ancient kahikatea rainforest to a purpose built viewing hide to observe the magnificent white heron (Kotuku) in their natural nesting environment. The Royal Spoonbill and the Little Shag also share this special area and all can be easily seen from the hide. White Heron Sanctuary Tours is the original and only tour to visit the White Heron nesting site. Tours operate with a Department of Conservation concession and entry is by permit only. An exceptional tour with variety, suitable for all age groups.