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Greymouth to Hokitika: West Coast Road Trip


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Whataroa River, West Coast Whataroa River, West Coast

Your journey passes through the small settlement of Whataroa. Glorious white heron plumage displays among the timeless swamp Kahikatea and White Pine rainforest is natural magic.

Egret colony at Whataroa

Visitors have a unique opportunity from September to February (breeding season) to join a guided tour to the bird’s nesting sites. Other times of the year enjoy a rainforest experience in the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

The tours are exclusively managed by White Heron Sanctuary Tours. Whataroa is also home to the Petr Hlavacek Gallery where haunting landscapes invite you to take time and absorb the imagery before you.


  • Outstanding guided tour of white heron nesting sites within Waitangiroto Nature Reserve, one of those bucket list moments where the only regret is leaving.
  • Petr Hlavacek Gallery is a treat with its secluded rural aspect and purpose built gallery. For photographers and lovers of landscape art this is a must go destination.
  • Hunting, fishing and tramping the backcountry of the West Coast, Whataroa is an ideal base.
  • Whataroa River Helicopter rafting adventure exploring seldom rafted rivers is not just adrenaline, although that is a given, it is breathtaking scenery. And most of all fun

For more information about what to see and do check What’s so great about Whataroa.

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