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Explore Group

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Looking for a unique way to see the Bay of Islands? Well look no further. The team at Explore Group – Bay of Islands are the ready to show you the best of what Northland has to offer. Our staff are incredibly proud of their backyard and their...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 800 365 744
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I did the ‘Discover the Bay’ tour with the Explore group. From start to finish we had an absolutely fantastic day; the staff were amazing, boat really nice, and lunch incredible. Could not recommend the company more highly!

Thank Oliver M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of five cannot find fault with this tour. With 25 people on board ( as opposed to the 80+ squashing onto the Fullers boat) we loved this tour. Recommend you spend the little extra for this discovery tour as it includes a fantastic...More

Thank melaussie2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Captain Felix and Prince Marty were brilliant making sure everyone was feeling well in the swell and getting us amongst the pod of dolphins who frolicked all around the boat. Lunch at Otehei Bay exceeded our expectations. Well worth the time and money

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a good decision to choose this outfit for our exploration of the bay of islands. Friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff, comfortable vessel. We went out as far as the ‘hole in the rock’ and rode through it, twice. Lunch was provided on the largest...More

Thank albieg234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to this tour on 18th of September, Departed from Paihia. Staff was friendly and fun. They made a lot of jokes and kept us busy by helping them to find marine mammals. The reward was a chocolate bar! Unfortunately, due to the bad weather,...More

Thank derekleegh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unbelievable! We planned our whole day around this trip as they only have one sailing per day and they cancelled it only AN HOUR before sailing. What terrible customer service!

Thank SMFNTravels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a tour to Cape Regina with the driver Daniel who gave us such a great commentary (not too much and not too little). Cape Regina is just stunning and the stops on the way are great. I didn’t sand board due to...More

Thank KateG2749
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed our cruise, although there were no dolphins, and it was too rough to go out to the famous hole in the rock. A pleasant cruise around the islands with good commentary, but the limited trip and the lack of wildlife was a bit...More

Thank cookpias
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

I booked this activity/cruise as a special thing to do to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was an absolutely wonderful trip in a most beautiful area. Relaxing, fun and informative. Wonderful to be able to stop for lunch on Urupukapuka Island and go for a...More

Thank FreeasabirdPK
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Being "boaties" we were so appreciative to have a beautiful calm day to go out to the "Hole in the Rock" at Paihia and go through the “hole” which is such an iconic site in the Bay of Islands. The crew on the boat were...More

Thank Wendy M
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26 September 2016|
Response from MauriceBr | Reviewed this property |
Bay of Islands is a gorgeous area. 7 days might be too much. I do not know if whales will be there in November. Ask local people. Have a nice trip.
13 February 2016|
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Response from Trevor F | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is a booking kiosk near the corner of Williams and Marsden Roads Pahia. They take bookings for the various cruises and activities. The girls there are very friendly and helpful and assisted us to choose the best... More
28 October 2015|
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Response from ExploreGroup | Property representative |
Our Bay of Islands cruises depart from Russell and Paihia. All the details are on our website. Search in Google for Explore Group Bay of Islands. Regards the Explore team.