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Ocean Leopard Tours - Cathedral Cove Boat Tour

Ocean Leopard Tours - Cathedral Cove Boat Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
16
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    16
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Jump on board with Ocean Leopard Tours for the tour of your lifetime! Our custom built boat will carry you in ultimate comfort to some of the most beautiful spots you've ever been to, there really is no better way to see Cathedral Cove and the rest of this stunning coastline. Need an easily accessible and spacious boat? Want cushioned seats with backrests? We've got you covered. Need experienced local guides who love their job? We've got you covered. Need absolute safety and sun protection from New Zealand's harsh sun? We've definitely got you covered! Choose Ocean Leopard Tours today and you won't be disappointed.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 262806P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Restroom on board
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Whitianga Wharf, The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand Esplanade rd,across the road from the Harbor House Cafe.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • It is accessible for the mobility impaired.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Restroom on board
Departure details
  • Whitianga Wharf, The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand Esplanade rd,across the road from the Harbor House Cafe.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • It is accessible for the mobility impaired.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Whitianga Wharf
    The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
    Esplanade rd,across the road from the Harbor House Cafe.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Orua Seacave
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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sandra m
Gold Coast, Australia34 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
It was a tough decision between this tour and the glass bottom boat one but we were all so pleased we chose this one! The boat ride was very comfortable, the boat motor not loud, heaps of space on the boat (only takes 10 passengers) and individual, comfortable forward facing seats that enabled a fantastic view.

The best part was the thoughtfulness of skipper Justin. He was so calm and relaxed and sincerely loved the area - he wasn’t just taking us on a tour he was sharing his local area with us. I think he enjoyed the scenery as much as we did as he even took out his phone to take photos when we stopped. He had so much information but not annoying or overwhelming, turned the boat around at every sight so we all had the best view, offered to take group photos with Cathedral Cove in the background. Justin offered everyone spray jackets and dropped the screens on one side of the boat to block the wind and spray when the weather turned worse.

The scenery was awesome - the beaches, cliffs and even drove into a cave. The fish reserve amazing (although we decided against snorkelling due to the bad weather although Justin was very happy for us to go snorkelling). The water so clear and a spectacular colour.

Just a wonderful boat tour and despite the cost ($345 for two adults, a 15 and 13 year old) we loved it. (The glass bottom boat would have been $310 so not much cheaper).
We would highly recommend this tour especially as Justin was the perfect host/skipper. That you Justin for sharing you piece of paradise with us.
Written 8 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Max H
La Santa, Spain9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Booked at 9:30 PM the night before, we started at 8:00 AM sharp the next morning.

On top of this flexibility, Justin provided us the best tour possible with great insights and historical facts. Wildlife, scenery, swimming with fishes in clear water, we could not expect a better moment.

Thank you very much, we'll come back!

Written 5 February 2020
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Stevie-Lee Davies
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is hands down one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced- everyone needs to do it. We can’t thank Justin enough for the breathtaking morning we had seeing NZ’s coastal beauty as well as hearing some local history. Thank you thank you thank you
Written 3 October 2021
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Wow Stevie, thank you so much for this amazing review and rating! I really appreciate you taking the time to write your review and all the kind words. Thanks for supporting local business. Cheers, Justin
Written 17 October 2021
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WendyMcP59
Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand22 contributions
Mar 2022
My daughter and I really enjoyed this tour. The skipper was Jack who gave a really good commentary and was very knowledgable. Lovely views along the way including seeing snapper in the marine reserve. This tour is worth doing.
Written 18 March 2022
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John L
Cambridge, New Zealand212 contributions
Feb 2021
this is the second time i have been on this trip with Ocean Leopard and this time it was even better. Justin is a brilliant tour leader and always considerate of his passengers. We were blessed with wonderful weather so we were able to get full value from all the attractions during the two hour trip.
Seeing the shoals of snapper around the boat was fascinating (i never knew that they have blue fins!!) and whilst seeing Cathedral Cove was great , i thoroughly enjoyed the massive cave that Justin was later able to take us into.
Before deciding on Ocean leopard, we looked at competing tours some of which were cheaper but of shorter duration, but in my mind, this tour gives great value for money and is quite memorable.
Written 26 February 2021
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AlisonNZ52
Sutton, UK93 contributions
What a wonderful trip! We were very fortunate with the weather and we had a splendid 2 hours. It was so good to see the beaches and bays from the sea and to be taken in close to Cathedral Cove and inside caves. Our excellent skipper/ guide was very knowledgeable and informative and very skilful navigating the waters with what appeared to be effortless ease. He explained the history and the geology of Mercury Bay as well as telling us about the marine reserve. It was a treat to see so many snapper close to hand. We have been on a lot of boat trips in various parts of the world but this trip is up there with the best. Not to be missed.
Written 26 November 2021
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maureen
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand5 contributions
Jan 2021
I did this trip with my daughter in 2015, absolutely loved it then and came back with friends in January this year
This is a stretch of coastline I would never otherwise see, and I never tire of it .My friends have raved ever since, about the comfort and safety of the boat combined with the up close experience of the ocean .It was a very hot day, so the shade overhead was much appreciated
Thank you Justin, I'm so impressed by the way you remembered everyone's names!
I hope to be back soon and thoroughly recommend this trip
Written 2 February 2021
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Justin H
Hi Maureen, thank you so much for taking the time to review Ocean Leopard Tours, it means a lot. We're always so grateful for those return customers, it speaks volumes. Thanks again and I hope you're having a great summer. Cheers, Justin
Written 21 February 2021
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Sanja Zubčić-Žilić
11 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
We went on the Full Monty tour with Tully, who is terrific at his job! He is funny, entertaining, knowledgable and suuuuuper amazing with kids. He made the effort of learning everyone’s name on the boat and made the already amazing experience and spectacular scenery even more enjoyable because he made us all feel so at ease. He made the entire tour really fun for the kids, because he pretended to be searching for Captain Hook and the kids had a blast!!

We spent 2 hours going from bay to bay, all the different islands in and around the Marine Reserve, the spectacular caves (sooo many) and experienced 50 shades of blue and green water. The boat is amazing and true to its name. We were well equipped and felt extremely safe, with Tully constantly checking to make sure everyone was safe and comfortable!

This tour is worth every cent! Thanks guys!!

Sanja ❤️🇳🇿
Written 22 January 2021
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Justin H
Hi Sanja, wow!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write in and review Ocean Leopard Tours. Tully has been a big favourite this year, particularly with the kids! And we've loved having him back doing tours for us. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the tour so much and will be sure to pass this on to Tully, he will be stoked. Cheers, Justin
Written 30 January 2021
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Andrea D
1 contribution
Nov 2021
We enoyjed learning about the history and rock formations, along with the close encounters with the shore line and features such as the caves and marine life. Snorkelling was a great option to partake in, with little to no experience needed to enjoy the activity. Friendly and relaxed guide ( jack ) who offered to take photos of the group and engaged with the banter. Jack had extensive experience in the tourism industry, working in Abel Tasman. He drove the boat to the conditions and made sure everyone on the vessel was comfortable. Thanks for the memorable trip !
Written 26 November 2021
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Hi Andrea, wow thank you for this beautifully written and detailed review! It's great to hear such wonderful feedback about Jack, we will be sure to pass this on to him. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time out on the boat and wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Cheers, Justin
Written 26 November 2021
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Judith & Steve
5 contributions
Justin was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and went out of his way to ensure we got to go on this trip as weather had been very unpredictable. He gave us opportunities to take photos and manoeuvred the boat into blow holes to give us an awesome and spectacular view of the beautiful Coromandel coast. Thank you Justin you made our two hour trip one to remember.
Written 12 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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H8055KDandream
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Breathtaking beauty
This was an excellent trip. The weather wasn't great when we arrived, but Ocean Leopard tours were in daily contac
CodyV1231
CodyV1231
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10/10 experience
I cannot recommend this tour enough. We had a beautiful morning on the water being shown some of New Zealand’s best
LanceS544
LanceS544
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Great fun
Awesome experience and guide Justin made it a lot of fun definitely would do it again.Had to cut the tour short but
PMaryS
PMaryS
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Great Way To See the Bays
We had an awesome time on this cruise. Our friendly guide was very knowledgeable about the area and was very patie
Nikola_djurkovic90
Nikola_djurkovic90
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Cathedral cove boat tour
It was one of my best New Zealand experiences! Really adventurous, and beautiful! Highly recommend! 🙂
mafeallan
mafeallan
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Highlight if the staycation in Whitianga
Enjoy and fun,our skipper his awesome helpful and entertaining,worth the money good to experience all of my friends
Tuna9296
Tuna9296
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Best of the best
The commentary was awesome and background knowledge amazing. The marine reserve fish schools impressive to witness.
I58K
I58K
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Fantastic boat trip
We had an excellent time during the boat trip. Justin, (the boat owner/driver) was very friendly. He was local and
barrykitch
barrykitch
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Excellent!
Had a great trip around the Coast to Cathedral Cove and various beaches and caves’ Went thru the marine reserve and
KathyH213
KathyH213
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Whitianga - Cathedral Cove Cruise
We had the pleasure of joining Justin on a cruise this morning. His knowledge of the regions history and geology i
stevea644
stevea644
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Great experience
I’ve dived and fished this coast off and in for 30 years but the trip out with Justin have a different perspective
Sharon B
Sharon B
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Awesome trip
Cathedral Cove, Shakespear & Nania Dragon rocks, and the special huge boat drive-in cave. Just some of the wonderfu
SRDFrench
SRDFrench
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Calm seas and informative guide
This was an outstanding experience. Taz was a good-humoured, informative guide and with calm seas we had a wonderfu
twoaussiestravel88
twoaussiestravel88
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Perfect way to see Cathedral Cove
Very knowledgeable skipper who shared the history of Mercury Bay and the surrounding areas. Beautiful scenery. Love
007_Richard_E
007_Richard_E
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Absolutely fantastic trip
We booked a two hour trip after checking out the reviews on TripAdvisor, I have to say that it was a fantastic expe
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