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“OCRA WHALES”

Ocean Leopard Tours
Ranked #1 of 20 Tours in Whitianga
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Explore one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking stretches of coast with the exhilarating and award winning Ocean Leopard Tours. On the 2 hour Full Monty Tour you will cruise 12 km of rugged volcanic coastline visiting nearby islands, stunning beaches, including Lonely Bay, Cooks Beach, Hahei and the spectacular Cathedral Cove where Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia) was filmed. Venture across the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve where you’ll observe an abundance of marine and bird life. Get up close and personal with towering pinnacles, giant blowholes and huge sea caves including Orua Sea Cave, one of the largest in NZ and only accessible by boat. Throughout the tour your local guide will highlight Mercury Bay’s rich and colourful history giving a fabulous balance of information and time to soak up the sights and sounds.
Reviewed 9 October 2018

I can not explain how spectavular this experience was the whole trip was amazing every thing we saw was unreal from the scenery to the caves to feeding fish to sea lions to pulling up a cray pot ! everything ! but most of all as we got to be less than a metre from a pod of orca whales was such a special experience i cant rate this trip high enough book it and dont miss an amazing experience !! im from Taupo New Zealand

Thank Olivia B
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Justin H, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi Olivia,
I must say this was one of the most epic trips I've ever taken out. The stars were aligned to produce so many great experiences all packed into the same tour. It's absolutely fantastic that you got to see Orca. Last season we didn't see a lot of them but hopefully this season will be different.
Thanks for the fantastic review and rating, I really appreciate it.
Cheers, Justin

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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Fantastic trip, 2 hours of fabulous bays beaches and history. Our skipper was very helpful and well informed. Stopped at each location for good photo opportunities and detailed descriptions of each cove we visited.

Thank Stephanie P
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Justin H, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi Stephanie,
thanks so much for taking the time to review Ocean Leopard Tours. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the tour and managed to get some great photos along the way.
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the area.
Cheers, Justin

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

We loved our trip around marvelous Mercury Bay! The Ocean Leopard is a superbly comfortable boat for seeing the beautiful beaches, stunning topography and marine life. And Justin is an excellent guide. His relaxed, friendly style ensured everyone on board felt included and informed. Highly recommended.

Thank Scenic822782
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Justin H, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi Shenagh,
I love the title of your review, thank you! It's so rewarding to hear words like this and makes my job all the more worth while knowing that people are taking away some special memories of the area.
Cheers, Justin

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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

A beautiful trip all round. SUPERB scenery,loads of knowledge of the area & particularly the knowledge around Captain Cook. Along with a very charming well mannered host. Thankyou for being attentive with my mum making sure she was comfortable and warm offering your jacket. Thanks Justin I would rate and recommend this trip anywhere Deb & Ruth

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Justin H, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi Deb and Ruth,
thanks so much for taking the time to review us. I really appreciate it and am so pleased you enjoyed the tour and felt well looked after. On top of sharing the spectacular highlights of this coastline to people it's important to me to ensure that people are happy and comfortable along the way so thank you for these comments, it means a lot.
Cheers, Justin

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

All of these reviews accurately describe the tour. Justin was exceptional - he was friendly to all and considerate to the older people on the boat ensuring they were comfortable and warm. It is a great trip to take and see a different perspective of Cathedral Cove by water and plenty of opportunities to take photos. Thank you Justin.

Thank Departure658795
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Justin H, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi there,
thank you for taking the time to review Ocean Leopard Tours. And I'm glad that you feel that the previous reviews are an accurate description of the tour and service. We work hard to produce a world class product in all aspects of the tour.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it and managed to get some great photos.
Cheers, Justin

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