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Cathedral Cove Coast and Cave Activity
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About
Mercury Star is a fabulous new catamaran that is perfect for environmentally conscious travelers who also want to enjoy a comfortable and stable boating experience. This impressive vessel is powered by two low-emission outboards, which means that it is gentle on the planet while also offering a smooth journey, and with plenty of power to zoom across the waves. The efficient hull shape of the catamaran not only helps reduce emissions, but it also ensures that you will have a smooth and comfortable ride.Brand new ecofriendly catamaran - Stable and comfortable - Great visibility and ample room to move around - Toilet and a warm fresh water shower after snorkeling - Tea, coffee and refreshments available - Stay completely dry in all weather conditions - Wheelchair accessible
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Ages 0-99, max of 33 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Restroom and changing room
  • Warm fresh water shower for after swimming
  • Coffee/Tea & Water available to purchase onboard


Start:
  • 1 The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
    Meet 20 mins before tour on the grassy area beside our orange flag at the end of Blacksmith Lane. This is next to the ramp that leads down to Z Pier where the boat is berthed.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 450952P1

    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travellers

    • 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: 450952P1

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    • Mercury Bay Discoveries - Cathedral Cove & Coastal Tour
      78
      Whitianga, New Zealand
      Joined in December 2023
    • Qatarsusie
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Scenic boat trip with snorkeling
      Great day on the water - love that you can walk around the boat, it is covered, a bathroom, refreshments on offer and a hot shower when you get out of the water after snorkeling. Captain Adam and crew were knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend!
      Written 8 April 2024
    • muenster29
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great boat tour along the coast
      It was a great tour to Cathedral Cove and other beautiful places along the coast. Especially the cave we went into which was full of fish was great. And the crew were such nice guys. Welcoming, helpful and always up for a joke. Thank you!
      Written 8 March 2024
    • johannacP1141PH
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Hard to beat!
      Best ever boat tour, the conditions were perfect, the scenery world class and the hosts Adam, Esther and Ella made it super fun and educational. We loved the snorkeling. Thanks Mercury Bay Discoveries for a very memorable special day...
      Written 5 February 2024
    • Footprints824330
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Top Adventure well worth it Must do
      Adam and his crew were amazing 👏 Had so much fun and the snorkeling was a bonus👌 up close to big snapper and blue maomao fish well worth going thanks team ❤
      Written 5 February 2024
    • Catherine D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cruising the coast with Mercury Bay Discoveries in Whitianga. Such a pleasurable experience.
      Such an enjoyable boat ride and amazing crew. Wonderful way to see Cathedral cove and the coast.Even had the opportunity to snorkel.
      Written 1 February 2024
    • Cindi S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous Trip and Guides
      Our Skipper and Crew (Esther) were fabulous tour guides. We had perfect weather and enjoyed seeing a Gannet and blue mau mau fish, in addition to Cathedral Cove and many other sights. The boat is new, clean and comfortable. One of the best features is the warm shower for after snorkeling! Would highly recommend this adventure!
      Written 31 January 2024
    • Boemens
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing tour and great skipper and crew
      Had an awesome time on the boat tour. We have been coming to ferry landing for almost 40 years and still learnt from the crew and skipper. Kids had a great time. Crew were tentative and helpful. Would definitely recommend!
      Written 3 January 2024
    • Pioneer771889
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice Boat Trip
      Fantastic Cruise, 1 Skipper and two Girls told us many stories and also took time for little Chats during the Cruise. Prices for Snacks and Drinks are 3,00.
      Written 27 December 2023
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    NigelG603
    Luton, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    We went on tour of Cathedral Cove and Mercury Bay’s sea caves. The design of the boat was a key element to our booking. As mentioned by others the catamaran design gives for a smoother ride even at higher speeds. The facilities on board such as toilets were important to our group. The crew were very approachable and knowledgable and were able to answer questions in a light hearted way. The experience of the skipper was really good and we went to a really good snorkelling spot and there was ample time to swim. We’ve done boat trips from Whitianga before but would say that this was the best so far and would definitely book again!
    Written 10 March 2024
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    Fearless47822578807
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    I had a brilliant trip today on the boat thanks to Chris, the skipper, and his friendly team.

    Chris is a very competent skipper and has great knowledge of the local area and its history. I have lived in the area for 30 years and even I did not know about the stunning rock formations and caves that existed past Cathedral Cove.

    The boat is a GEM for the tourism in the bay as it can cater for the mobility challenged and even wheelchairs! Having a proper toilet onboard is very convenient and so is the availability of coffee, cold drinks and snacks.

    There is plenty of space to move about inside the shady and sheltered cabin which allows you to see all the stunning views of the coastline, as well as space to sit outside in the sun and let the wind blow around your face.

    I can only rate this trip!! 5 stars out of 5
    Written 5 January 2024
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    Michael Cook
    Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    My wife and I were lucky enough to be on the maiden voyage for the public. We both found it to be an outstanding experience. The tour was not only full of beautiful scenery, the crew also provided commentary that was both knowledgeable of the areas history as well as the wildlife.

    I would also recommend jumping in the water, the tour also provides a mask and snorkel and some pretty funny anecdotes.

    All around I would recommend this tour for anyone with a love of nature.
    Written 22 December 2023
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    Meadie2014
    Somerset, UK15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    We enjoyed an amazing trip with Adam and his crew, Caiden and Ella. They showed us the highlights along the coast, gave a great commentary and took the time to go around talking to us individually.

    The boat is ideal for the trip, enabling you to have a comfortable seat and the opportunity to move around to view the sights. The availability of the warm shower was especially welcome to the swimmers coming from the sea. Compared to other boat trips we saw, this stood out as the best.

    Highlight of the trip for us was the sea cave with the fish.

    Would definitely recommend Mercury Bay Discoveries.
    Written 31 December 2023
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    Janice M
    Milngavie, UK26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    This was a fabulous trip, the crew were lovely and very knowledgeable about the local flora,fauna, history and geology. The boat is very comfortable with a toilet and a warm shower head for after your swim. There is tea, coffee ( very good coffee) and soft drinks to buy at nz$3 on board.
    Time allowed for snorkeling off the boat, snorkels provided and instruction if like me, you'd never done it before. Easy jump off the boat and ladder back up.
    Well worth the money.
    Written 20 February 2024
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    Robyn W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Couples
    Couldn't fault this 2.5 hour scenic tour by boat, leaving Whitianga to Cathedral Cove and other scenic bays and caves. Informative commentary. The boat is a catamaran and therefore very stable, with options of inside or outside, back or front. Safe for kids and adults, option for snorkeling. Captain positions boat for great photos. Well worth the money.
    Written 9 March 2024
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    Ilovetravel1967
    Edinburgh, UK393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    Great morning on this trip. The crew were friendly, professional and local. They worked very hard to make it memorable and interesting and being a small company, gave a more personable experience.
    We visited the usual spots and there was plenty of time to swim/snorkel if you wanted. The boat was new and clean with a toilet too. Good in all weathers as it had windows which opened up. Would highly recommend.
    Written 27 February 2024
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    Ronald H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    We were very impressed with this company and the tour. The boat was almost brand new(but so is the company) and very well built for coastal tours: spacious, excellent forward facing seats, spotless, a washroom (also spotless) and big enough to take the swells and waves. The skipper was excellent (previous ferry captain) and the one other staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. The sights were as billed and definitely worth the 2 hour excursion. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a scenic coastal boat cruise. Oh yes you also had the option of swimming and snorkeling for 30-40 minutes but did not do this.
    Written 22 February 2024
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    Penny J
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captain and crew were friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the local area. Very relaxed, easygoing attitude. Happy to answer any question. They gave us lots of information about the places we were seeing, as well as some local history , and we enjoyed our tour on the spacious and comfortable boat. The day of our tour the seas were rough, forcing cancellation of the smaller boats and kayak expeditions. We were happy we booked with this tour company. Great for anyone with mobility issues.
    Written 30 January 2024
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    cm282
    Clarkston, WA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    This was a fantastic trip! The skipper and crew were so friendly and knowledgeable about the area. They shared interesting stories about the history and geology. We saw lots of beautiful fish and a stingray when snorkeling. The landscape is amazing. Other companies offered much shorter rides for about the same price. This was a bargain.
    Written 1 February 2024
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