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Explore Group - Bay of Islands

#9 of 33 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Paihia Features Animals
| Corner Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 9-402 8234
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US$100.26*
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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia
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US$111.40*
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Far North New Zealand Tour including 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga from Paihia
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US$81.69*
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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands
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Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island, in New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands was once home to the famous American adventurer and writer Zane Grey.
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| Corner Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended by our hostel, this was an awesome trip. Weather was very sunny and sea calm which I'm told is often common for winter in Paihia! We did the discover the bay cruise with a nice addition of some passing dolphins and even a distant...More

Thank danschneider704
ExploreGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

HI Dan, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us. We are glad you enjoyed the amazing days we can have up here in the North in winter. It is a truly amazing place to visit, we are glad you got...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017

Beautiful day spent in the northern part of New Zealand's North Island. Amazing scenery, knowledgeable driver Daniel, tasty lunch in the really nice spot, windy and sacred Cape Reinga (fortunately we had arrived before other buses/cars did), good fun sandboarding and breath-taking Ninety Mile beach......More

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ExploreGroup, Bay of Islands - Sales Executive at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Eliska, Glad you had a great time on the Explore Dune Rider. The photos are awesome Have a great week! Kind Regards, Michael and the Team at Explore Group.

Reviewed 27 June 2017

A brilliant winters day, flat sea, helpful staff and a very competent skipper made for a unique experience in the stunning Bay of Islands. Beautiful scenery and a very enjoyable stop for lunch at the island of Urupukapuka gave all on board a very unique...More

Thank jkloveday
ExploreGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Hi Jkloveday, Thank you for travelling with us, we are glad you got to have a unique experience in this amazing place. We hope your travels are a good one. Thank you, Michael and the Explore Group Team

Reviewed 23 June 2017

Was a little chilly on the water at the time of year we visited but we still loved this trip. Was a good mix of activities. Opportunity to walk to a view point on one island. lunch included, spotted dolphins and good to see this...More

Thank Tony and Sarah G
ExploreGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Hi Tony & Sarah. Was great to read your feedback, we love that you got out and amongst it! Sounds like you ticked all the boxes on the cruise and then some. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand. Kind...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017

We actually booked our trip through GrabOne and it was such good value for money. We booked the 'Hole in the Rock' tour and had a fantastic time even in the rain and wind! We were lucky enough to see an unbelievable amount of dolphins...More

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise with Explore Group - Bay of Islands. Sounds like you got to explore it all! We hope your travels through New Zealand are as great as your day with us. Kind Regards, Michael.

Reviewed 5 June 2017

The bird sanctuary or Urupukapuka island is an absolute gem! Uncrowded and full of spectacular wildlife, this is now my favourite spot in the 144 islands of the bay!More

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Kia Ora Robin & Laura, Glad you had a great time out on Urupukapuka Islands! The blog you wrote about your time captivated our team and we thoughrly enjoyed reading it, some of the staff has gone further to look through your website to plan...More

Reviewed 2 June 2017

Fab boat trip out to the Hole in the Rock... thanks Skipper Gary for the great ride and commentary. Very witty! And thanks to Rhonda and Gavin for looking after us so well. Wonderful BBQ on the beach, incredible photographs, a great day. Then on...More

Thank CAROLE N
nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Hi Carole, Thank you for reviewing your Twin Tour Special, Glad to hear you had a great time on both Discover The Bay & Dune Rider. We hope the rest of your travels are as great as these two trips! Kind Regards, Michael and the...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We did the morning Hole in The Rock Tour. Dolphins and great commentary from the skipper. Water was clam and Day was beautiful. Lunch overlooking the Bay was a highlight. We accepted the option of staying in Russell for a few hours and used the...More

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Hi Fiona, Sounds like you had an amazing couple of days! The Twin tour option is great for people looking to visit both the Bay of Islands and the Far North/Cape Reinga. Great savings which can go a long way :) We hope to see...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

A sensational day out, one of the best that I have ever done. Great tour guide in Koro, passionate about what he does, the story telling, the history. Beautiful lunch at the Copthorne. the highlight for me was the Waipoua Forest, a very humbling experience...More

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Kia Ora, Sounds like you went and discovered a whole new land! There is so much to see and do in the Hokianga, we are glad you got to experience a vast range of areas and meet a great many locals who have a lot...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Great tour! The different activities are very diverse and the day is fully packed and full uf little surprises! You meet some interesting local people who have a unique job and get to talk to them, see wonderful places and learn about ancient Maori history...More

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Kia Ora! Thank you for your feedback, great to read about your exciting journey over to the Hokianga, this is a great destination that for locals we have always enjoyed and are glad to see this beautiful undiscovered part of NZ being visited by people...More

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Kiasululu
26 September 2016|
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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.
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OzAnne1
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
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mausey
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.
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