Whitianga Tours
Sea Cave Adventures in Whitianga
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Sea Cave Adventures in Whitianga

By Sea Cave Adventures
Recommended by 97% of travellers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Join local guides for an authentic 2-3 hour tour covering over 25km of continuous volcanic coastline. Our unique purpose built vessel is the perfect viewing platform for anyone looking for a more personable experience. This rugged volcanic coastline covered in lush native bush is abundant in NZ history, spectacular sea caves, twisting lava tubes, outer Islands, towering volcanic arches and seasonal wildlife. We take you places no other tour can, allowing you to get closer and experience more!
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$110.00
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Ages 0-100
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
What's not included
  • Swim wear and Towel

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 348507P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 348507P2

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  • Sea Cave Adventures
    367
    Whitianga, New Zealand
    Joined in December 2013
  • 119era
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 Stars 🌟
    Very friendly staff (Captain) Nice experience .properly explained about whole trip by captain 🧑‍✈️ thank you so much for everything
    Written 25 April 2024
  • london2691
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun adventure!
    Great trip, fun being on a smaller, faster boat. Saw cathedral cove, as well as loads of great little caves and coves. The skipper was great, and so knowledgable.
    Written 24 April 2024
  • sheenaldevi
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    The best 4 hours of the day… As promised the time was well utilised and planned. I enjoyed every second of it
    Written 23 March 2024
  • magdalenaholl389
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ash was a lovely tour guide. We really appreciated the information he gave us
    Great little company you have here in Whitianga. We definitely plan on coming back and doing it again. Thanks so much
    Written 23 March 2024
  • Caroline S
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really fun
    It was a little bumpy on the day we went but that all added to the fun. Friendly captain who handled the boat really well and told us some interesting things but didn't rave on.
    Written 25 February 2024
  • kikikrejzlova
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best cruise ever!
    It was really great experience. 100% recommended! I have already taken several cruises in NZ and this was one of the best. Landscape was mindblowing. Crew was very friendly, also professional, told us a lot of informations about history and nature around. Cruise itself was exciting, funny, full of adrenalin. We could snorchel at the end. Enjoyed it so much.
    Written 18 February 2024
  • caleblarkin
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent sea cave tour!
    Ash was awesome and showed us so much for the time we had. We had cathedral cove all to ourselves and even did some cliff jumping.
    Written 15 February 2024
  • smckinna
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Tour
    Wonderful tour of the marine reserve and sea caves with our guide Ash who was very friendly and knowledgeable. The boat is perfect to get up close providing great manoeuvrability and visibility and the ride was very comfortable. We got to have a swim and snorkel on the way back to Whitianga which I loved and there were fish galore. Tino tika!
    Written 9 February 2024
  • lindsmith05
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour exceeded expectations
    We had Ash as our adventure guide and he totally rocked it. Saw some amazing caves, had a good laugh and in the end whoever wanted to snorkel could get off the boat before heading back to the harbour.
    Written 7 February 2024
  • ivansebastiansurya
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful sea excursion with Ash
    This is my 2nd time joining Ash's tour and he managed to make it as wonderful as the first one despite of the weather not being great. He strives to show repeat passengers new places each time they rejoin his tour too which is amazing.
    Written 6 February 2024
  • hayzee11
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed
    The event was cancelled due to bad weather, acceptable and understandable. When you are told you will receive a refund, wait a few business days and contact them just to be ignored. Not ok. That's vlose to $400 we lost on our holliday in New Zealand.
    Written 26 January 2024
  • npren2024
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical mystery tour!
    Ash is a passionate and dedicated guide, truly connected to and knowledgeable of the area, having grown up there and being heavily invested in his ancestry and the spectacular wonders of the ocean. He is only too happy to share and pass on his enthusiasm. Inspiring!
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Mellor_Man_1000
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it! book now!
    This was so much fun! The skipper (Ash) whos knows a huge amount about the area makes the trip so interesting. We snorkeled and spotted some great fish and of course the caves are awesome. The whole family (three generations) loved every minute.
    Written 18 January 2024
  • lucretiaotc
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wedding Anniversary Treat
    Must do adventure, Ash was so knowledgeable of both Maori and European history we learnt so much about the Coromandel not to mention the amazing views, this boat goes inside the caves and you see so much more. We will be back next year to see the northern end of the coast which we are very excited about. Shona was also super amazing over the phone ...support this family owned business they exceeded our expectations and over delivered - ka mau te wehi
    Written 15 January 2024
  • installerexpert
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb!!
    Our boat operator was very chill, friendly and full of information and even kindly dropped us of on return to ferry landing. The caves we visited were stunning, overall it was a fantastic experience! My 2 y/o fell asleep and missed the views which was quite a laugh. Thank you for the memories! 10/10
    Written 14 January 2024
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sjjkl
Upper Hutt, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a group of 7 varying in ages from early 20’s to mid 70’s. We all enjoyed this experience, I would go as far as saying it was the best boat trip I have been on. Ash was brilliant , so friendly and knowledgeable about so many things, marine life, history of the area, volcanic activity were all things he covered, along with lots of other bits of information about the area.

We all felt that the experience was a very personal one that Ash adapts to cater for each individual group, and was so patient helping us oldies on and off the boat. We would highly recommend this trip to everyone.
Written 21 March 2024
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Russ5Jersey
Jersey, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a fabulous rib trip! We were so fortunate, everything was great! Ash is a wonderful guide and skipper with so much local knowledge. He is a great communicator, and his character and obvious love for what he does came across throughout the trip.
The rib itself is a perfect size for accessing the caves also making trip feel more personal than would be the case on larger boat.
The coast that you get to see on this trip is beautiful and very memorable.
This trip was the perfect ending for our short stay in Whitinga. Highly recommended.
Written 26 February 2024
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Draxondd
Kailua, Hawaii8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This tour was fantastic. Great scenery combined with a very skilled boat captain made for a great experience. The boat captain also knew lots of fun history of the area and was very friendly.
Written 21 February 2023
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Tim M
Three Hills, Canada264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
There are a number of operators taking guests to view the Cathedral Caves. 'Sea Cave Adventures' offers a more personal and intimate tour as the boat only seats 10. As such you get a 360 degree opportunity for pix and the skipper will adjust the boat in order for you to just get 'that shot'. Speaking of the skipper, he's friendly, fun loving and out to ensure you get the best of the tour.

The caves, water and fish were stunning - even on an overcast day.

A must do while in Whitianga, particularly in that for the present, the walking track at Cathedral Caves is closed (due to the Feb 2023 cyclone).
Written 24 February 2024
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Connector711238
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Ash was a great guide! Very knowledgeable about the history of the area and an excellent sea captain. He maneuvered us into many narrow sea caves and let us snorkel with some red snapper at the end of our trip.
Written 11 February 2024
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Joanne L
Gold Coast, Australia398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Soooooooo good, this is a must do. Ash our tour guide so friendly and so knowledgeable. Extremely comfortable ride in the rib. Up close to the caves and the 8 am tour was stunning and allowed you to get places due to tides. Ash took us to places other tours can’t get to. This was a 10/10 experience. Thank you !
Written 30 December 2023
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Vanya G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Thank you so much to Ash who was an incredibly knowledgeable and fun guy to take us on a tour of the caves around this region. Grateful he showed us cathedral cove as promised as only accessible by water currently but even more grateful he took us to the lesser known spots which in my opinion, esp given how busy cathedral cove was, were waaaay more impressive, like the needle! Boat was fast - hold onto your hat or more sensibly don't bring one atall! But do bring something warm no matter how nice the weather looks - although Ash was prepared for this anyway! Thank you so much!
Written 4 January 2024
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Heike M
Falkensee, Germany46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Ash was awesome at explaining the coast from a geology, history, flora, and fauna perspective. He runs a zodiac, so small groups, and he can enter caves other boats could not. Due to the small size, he can personalize the experience. An awesome tour!
Written 6 February 2023
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LizWeymouth
Weymouth, UK79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Ash was a brilliant skipper and really informative about the history of the area. Great fun and the rib was able to get into some amazing caves. Really enjoyed the snorkelling with the colourful snapper fish at the end. Fantastic time just do it
Written 2 March 2024
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DomDesPlages
Anglet, France81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hash was our boat driver, we saw unique and wonderful caves and secret spots 🤫 . He was the perfectissime guide, he also learnt us so many interesting facts and stories about history.
Thank you so much Hash. Serge
Written 26 January 2023
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