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Explore - Discover the Bay

#9 of 49 Tours in Paihia
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Address: Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Explore the best of the Bay of Islands. Encounter diverse wildlife,...

Explore the best of the Bay of Islands. Encounter diverse wildlife, spectacular scenery and the rich culture and history of the region. Be immersed in the story of the Bay…

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Spent the morning on this tour. Got to see Common Dolphins and went though the Hole in the Rock as it was a calm day. Nice BBQ on Otehei Bay, enjoyed this part so much went back... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom

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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent the morning on this tour. Got to see Common Dolphins and went though the Hole in the Rock as it was a calm day. Nice BBQ on Otehei Bay, enjoyed this part so much went back another day on the Ferry. I would chose the Explore boat as it i much smaller and less crowded then the opposition.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great day and the staff just so friendly. Seeing and going through the hole in the rock as really great. The bbq lunch stop was very good and nice tasty food. A must and they never overfill the boat so plenty of room to spread out and take in the views.

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful trip, being able to see dolphins up close, fairy penguins far away, go through the Hole in the Rock, and get a wonderful narrative of the landscape and history as we went. The island we stopped at for lunch provided a magnificent view of the surrounding. Although a hike, I'd suggest going up to the top.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trip to the Hole in the Rock was much more than i expected. After leaving Piahia wharf and a pick up at nearby Russell we went to see a pod of Dolphins (with babies so we couldnt go too close). Just fabulous! Then after a trip to and through The Hole in the Rock we lunched on an island.... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive - Bay of Islands at Explore - Discover the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your Discover The Bay cruise. This is the best way to see the Bay of Islands with a mix of everything from dolphins, hole in the rock to a peaceful island stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island. We glad you enjoyed your day. Thank you. Explore Group Team More 

Dereham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted a cruise that would give an overall view of the Bay of Islands so we opted for the Hole in the rock experience.With this cruise it is possible to leave the vessel at either Russell or Otehei bay and return to Paihia on a later boat. The commentary given by Admiral Andy was both informative and amusing. He... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive - Bay of Islands at Explore - Discover the Bay, responded to this review

Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to review the Hole in the Rock Experience, this a great value for money cruise we offer for people who are want to experience the Bay of Islands as much or as little as they like, the returning ferry options are a great option for those looking to spend more time in... More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had been looking forward to this trip as I had finally got something to cure my seasickness. We pulled out of Paihai on time and crossed the bay towards Russell to pick up trippers. We had been warned that we would not be visiting "The Hole in the Rock" due to gale force wind outside the bay. 45 minutes into... More 

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nzl4041, Sales executive at Explore - Discover the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip. We are sorry you felt unwell, whenever we know it will be rough we do advise customers of the conditions, especially if it will affect our path of travel to the Hole n Rock, we care about our customer comfort and service as a priority. We are glad you got... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Excellent trip. The weather was very good It would not be so good in bad weather. Lunch on the island was good and the climb to the top of the hill worth it for the view. Because the weather was good we went through the hole in the rock. On the way back we saw a dolphin.

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nzl4041, Sales Executive - BAY OF ISLANDS at Explore - Discover the Bay, responded to this review

Hi Ali, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip. The view from the Top of the hill is awesome, really good to see the reefs and different blues and greens in the water. We hope to see you back again soon. Kind Regards Explore Group Team More 

Southampton
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We booked the Dolphin Discovery cruise as we were informed it was a smaller boat with alot less people. We opted for the early morning cruise. When we got on the boat i could see there were alot of seats crammed in as well as seating on the sides. It quickly filled to capacity and we set off. After searching... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore - Discover the Bay, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for taking the time to review your trip. We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your trip, our Dolphin Discovery vessel is specially designed to carry 50 people this boat is designed for viewing out the front back and sides, as well as set up for swimming(we conditions permit). As you have come in the peak... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The boat was a good size with plenty of room for sitting inside or standing/sitting on the decks. It had toilets onboard. You also got a stop at an island about three quarters of the way through the trip for a bbq and explore. One of the highlights was floating through the hole in the rock. We say some dolphins... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We've done a few different cruises with various operators...this one was the best by far! We took the kids and all enjoyed it. Commentary and trip all they way out the hole in the Rock...and actually through it this time. Every other time we've gone out its been too rough! Great value with BBQ lunch included and stopover at Urupukapuka... More 

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