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Wildside Adventures

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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About Wildside Adventures
We specialize in real New Zealand personalised adventures ranging from 1/2 day to overnight trips. Snorkeling and kayak trips with a marine biologist, commercial free diver who can point out all the interesting marine life. Sometimes when kayaking we are lucky enough to see Blue Penguins. If the sea is not for you enjoy a walk in the beautiful New Zealand bush,learning about edible plants and the New Zealand Wild life. Usually we see Whio/Blue Duck which are rare. 1/2 day to overnight trips. Pickup from Tauranga, Rotorua or Whakatane.
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Libandjess wrote a review Mar 2018
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
I couldn't have had a better day, than the one I spent with Wildside adventures. Whilst in New Zealand, I was determined to spend some time scuba diving or snorkeling, and I really struggled to find anyone who would take out an inexperienced PADI diver. However the snorkeling I did with Amy and Wildside was fantastic and made up for the fact I couldn't gat a dive. We saw Red Moki, Parore, Blue Maomao, Black Angel Fish, Pakirikiri, and a school of Piperfish. But the highlight was seeing three sting rays, two of which were swimming and were absolutely beautiful and so, so graceful. Wildside were really informative, patient and good fun, and if you want to spend any time snorkeling or have an interest in aquatic life, then I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them. To get to our snorkeling spot, we were on a dolphin watching boat, which was equally fantastic. My one regret was that I didn't take my whole family on this cruise (we were booked in to go dolphin watching the next day, but unfortunately that was cancelled.) We saw the biggest pod of dolphins I've ever seen, as well as hammerhead sharks and a massive school of fish that took my breath away. An excellent day.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Emily D wrote a review Nov 2017
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IF YOU WANT AMAZING MEMORIES CHECK THIS OUT!! Lately went out to Whale island on Wildside Adventures snorkeling trip. This was a fantastic day out on the water! We traveled by Catamaran, chilling on the deck in the sunshine. Then - my favorite part- exploring the world beneath the water!! Beautiful abundance of Native fish and lush seaweed forests, not to mention happening upon some SEALS!!! eeek I love these playful creatures! The tour guides were very knowledgeable, always happy to answer our various questions and help us when we need it (I'm a little new to snorkeling) what an experience! see you soon Wildside!!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Berniejomckiewill wrote a review Dec 2016
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Absolutely fantastic family orientated adventure. My 15 year old said it was just like going on holiday with family. My 10 year old can't wait to go back. We learnt so much, Emily's knowledge, enthusiasm and genuine interest in the flora and fauna and sealife was admirable. The trip to Whale island was really enjoyable, we saw and did something different every day. Very accommodating and flexible when plans changed and the communication in the planning stage was great. We have all travelled extensively around the world but I couldn't recommend Wildside adventures highly enough for all ages and abilities. We will be going back for sure. 💟
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Uma A wrote a review Nov 2016
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I went snorkelling of Whale Island with Wildside Adventures. Great visibility and plenty of seals and fish to observe. Amy and Emily were great hosts. Don't need to be a strong swimmer to enjoy the trip. I am a novice swimmer and this was my first time snorkelling. I felt very safe and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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meghanndaradee wrote a review Aug 2016
Tauranga11 contributions2 helpful votes
We have traveled extensively and don't like to go on generic package tours. We wanted to experience the real New Zealand and Wildside adventures did that for us. It was a personal tour of just my husband and I and Emily and Amy went out of their way to cater to all of our wants and needs and tailored our tour to suit our abilities. We will deffinately be back for more crayfish!
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Date of experience: August 2016
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