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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

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    Pass By: Paihia Harbour, Paihia New Zealand

    Board the boat at Pier 5 from Paihia Wharf

    Stop At: Cape Brett Lighthouse, Rawhiti 0184, New Zealand

    Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, you can even travel through it.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands 0200, New Zealand

    Lunch or early dinner at Explore's Otehei Bay during your island stop at Urupukapuka Island.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Explore Group Bay of Islands, 60 Marsden Rd, Paihia 0200, New Zealand

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    Departure Point
    Paihia Wharf, Bay Of Islands, Northland 0200, New Zealand
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Lunch - BBQ lunch or early dinner during your stop at Otehei Bay on Urapukapuka Island
    • Opportunity to stay longer on the Island and board a later ferry back to the mainland.during summer
    • Cruising among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary
    • Entry/Admission - Otehei Bay
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation
    • This trip is suitable for children
    • Life jackets will be supplied in the event of an emergency
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 13 July 2019

    If you visit the Bay of Islands you must do this trip! Right from my time of booking until the final disembarkation back at Paihia was amazing. The staff are very professional and welcoming and worked really hard to make sure your time with them...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Henrycat146
    ExploreGroup, Marketing Manager at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2019

    Kia Ora Henrycat146 Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review - it's lovely feedback to receive 😊 We're really glad you enjoyed the Discover the Bay experience, it was a pleasure to have you on board with us!

    Reviewed 16 June 2019

    Super fun crew. Awesome cruise to Hole in the Rock - so cool to go through. Yummy lunch on Othei Island. Saw so many dolphins! And fur seals! This was definitely the highlight of our time in Paihia. We can't wait to come back in...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank TexasE
    ExploreGroup, Marketing Manager at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2019

    Kia Ora TexasE, thanks so much for leaving us this lovely review, we're honored to have been able to provide the highlight of your time in Paihia! We're very lucky to have such a great spot to show off 😎

    Reviewed 30 May 2019 via mobile

    Our half day cruise was tumeke! Dolphins, a juvenile humpback whale and one of the staff even caught a fish right next to me! Which made me screech as it flipped everywhere! Lol. The lunch at Otehei Bay was amazing. Highly recommended! The skipper was...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank lyndalynda1980
    ExploreGroup, Marketing Manager at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2019

    Kia Ora lyndalynda1980, wow what a great line up of marine life you saw - certainly not everyday we come have fish jump on board 😂 We're so glad you enjoyed your time on our Discover the Bay tour - and thanks so much for...More

    Reviewed 26 May 2019

    Whilst on holiday in New Zealand over Easter, we booked on this tour for Easter Sunday. The Boat trip was great, with dolphin spotting early on. The crew were very accommodating in making sure we had a chance to get out on the deck and...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank SMCinOz
    ExploreGroup, Marketing Manager at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2019

    Kia Ora SMCinOz Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review! We're so glad you enjoyed your Discover the Bay trip with us 😊 Thanks for choosing Explore!!

    Reviewed 9 May 2019 via mobile

    A great way to see the Bay of Islands. We saw dolphins twice which was the highlight of the tour for us - we loved watching them swimming along with the boat. The staff on board are all very friendly and helpful and make sure...More

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    ExploreGroup, Marketing Manager at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2019

    Kia Ora Zurich_H Thanks so much for taking the time to send us through your review. We're glad you enjoyed your time on our Discover The Bay trip and sorry about it feeling a bit rushed at the end. The wharf is a necessary improvement...More

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    25 June 2019|
    Response from 1AnnetteA | Reviewed this property |
    When I was in the Bay of islands In Jan 19 the cruise ships all anchored out in the bay. There was nowhere of any berths or big wharfs, so to speak of, that the ship parks alongside of. So I would expect that you would be... More
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    5 February 2019|
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    Response from LSouthgate | Reviewed this property |
    Medium size. Seats on top outside but bring sunblock for the trip.
    22 January 2019|
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    Response from Jason_King1969 | Reviewed this property |
    There was a lot of history and some geology, especially when near the "Hole in the Rock"
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