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“Ocean Leopard Tour 2 hour Coast Tour”

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 4 weeks ago via mobile

A huge thank you to our Captain Justin who took my family and I out on an amazing boat trip this morning. Photo opportunities of the coastline, beaches and of course the spectacular Cathedral Cove were endless thanks to Justin’s skillfull manouvering of the boat to enable everyone onboard to get great photos.

A real highlight was the Orua Sea Cave where you could hear a pin drop. Everyone was in awe to be right within the cave, the waters below a crystal clear emerald green. The boat was visited by a shoal of Leather Jackets which was a pretty cool surprise!

Justin spotted a male NZ Fur Seal basking in the sun while the variety of bird life observed on the Tour was excellent.

If you are visiting the eastern area of the Coramanel Coast, an Ocean Leopard Tour is a must!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a cruise on "The Full Monty" which cruised Mercury Bay, Cathedral Cove and surrounds and the Marine grounds. The cruise was captained and narrated by Justin who we found very friendly and informative. The trip covers a serious amount of the Coromandel landmarks and included entering a huge sea cave. We were lucky enough to spot unique birdlife, seals, many fish and a penguin. Highly recommended and thanks from Owen & Chris.

Thank Joweng
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mid October is a great great season to book a tour with Justin.
We arrived in Whitianga on Friday and intended to head out on the tour on a nice sunny day, Justin kept us informed regarding the weather and suggested we book in for Monday 10:30am. Great communication from him and his team. I suggest booking well in advance because they fill up very quick. I also liked the fact his boat is comfy and forward facing, the roof is also good so you don't get sunburned. Once we hit the water the commentary was funny and informative, Justin will tell you about nearly everything around the 12kms stretch of coast. After having explored the Hot water beach, Hahei and Cathedral Cove by land it was nice to get a new perspective and show my wife and daughter the beautiful fish and sea lions along the way. The caves and rock formations were very interesting and a good learning experience from Justin. Summer is going to be nice and warm so I suggest taking a dip and snorkelling in the water.

Thank Wahidnz
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a two hour trip down the coast, and it proved to be a great tour. It was a lovely sunny day, and the coast looked wonderful. Our driver/ guide was very knowledgable and articulate on all aspects of what we were seeing.
The tour included the famous Cathedral Cave of course, but there was so much more to see. We toured almost to Hot Water Beach and finished with a race back which was quite thrilling. Altogether a highly recommended trip.

Thank Chris R
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Chris, thank you so much for taking the time to post such a positive review. The trip back can feel a lot faster if the wind is against us. You're right Cathedral Cove us amazing but the is so much breathtaking scenery out there! I hope the rest of your holiday is going well. All the best, Justin

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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Wouldn’t recommend to do it any other way but with these guys. We initially thought to walk down to cathedral cove however we this was going to be a 40 min walk down not long for some really glad we chose the option by boat as we wouldn’t have got all the beautiful pics we got today.
Our tour guide Justin new all the history around the area gave you plenty of opportunity to take photos at every point.
Was a really enjoyable 2 hour boat ride. Recommend it to anyone and with these leopard tour company.

Thank Sabrina A
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Justin H, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Sabrina,
thanks so much for taking the time to review Ocean Leopard! We are so glad you chose us as your preferred option to see Cathedral Cove. The walk down there can definitely be a bit challenging for some and there are so many parts of the coast that are just stunning but can't be reached by any other way than by boat.
Glad to hear you got some great pics on the day. All the best for the rest of your trip.
Cheers, Justin

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