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Explore Group - Bay of Islands

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Address: | Corner Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island, in New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands...

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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USD 90.00*
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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia
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USD 108.01*
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Far North New Zealand Tour including 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga from Paihia
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USD 79.20*
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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands

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A must in Paihia

I'd originally booked on to another tour but this was cancelled because of the weather conditions. Instead, the company offered to transfer my ticket to another tour. On the four... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, India
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd originally booked on to another tour but this was cancelled because of the weather conditions. Instead, the company offered to transfer my ticket to another tour. On the four hour tour, the skipper steered us towards a pod of local dolphins who played around the boat. The crew pointed out the regulars and their names. From there we stopped... More 

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Kia Ora Alison! Thank you very much for taking the time to review your cruise, those dolphins are awesome to watch and it's great a lot of them reside here for long periods of time as it does give the crew time to learn who's who, some of them a quite quirky. We hope you enjoy the rest of your... More 

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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. small boats, everyone could see, tea and coffee etc on board. lunch included and was delicious and the island stop over was long enough to enjoy a swim and a walk as well. hole in the rock was very impressive. staff great and the commentary spot on

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Kia Ora! Thank you for reviews your cruise, we are all very passionate about what we do here at Explore, its great to get awesome feedback. Thank you again. Enjoy the rest of your travels, Kind Regards, Explore Group Team More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

‘Explore Hokianga’ trip was fantastic, Koro our driver was amazing with his local knowledge and his passion for the area, Kevin from Footprint was amazing as well and his singing voice just topped it off. The food, weather and the scenery were perfect. Rawene is a quaint pretty little village, which was the first stop of the day, we stopped... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive - Michael at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Hi Judy, Was a pleasure to have you onboard our Explore Hokianga Tour, your review sums up a great experience that we aimed at giving visitors to this special region of New Zealand. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kindest Regards, Michael Sales Executive - Bay of Islands. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the point of view of a very amateur photographer and nature enthusiast i can highly recommend the Discover the Bay trip. The commentary was very informative, we were told about the wildlife, the history, the people and several features of geographical and geological interest were pointed out and explained to us. The bonus uncontrollable aspects that added icing and... More 

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Hi mmfisheye. Thank you for your captivating review, we love the detail and how involved you were in the Discover the Bay Cruise. Great tips too! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels throughout NZ. Kind Regards, Explore Group Team. More 

Bay Area, CA
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our large group took the boat tour around the Bay of Islands and it was great! We saw so many dolphins in the Bay of Islands and the commentary from our guides was great. Urupukapuka Island was unbelievably beautiful, and spending a few hours there was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand! A couple tips: 1)... More 

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Hi SunshineLover, Thanks for the great review, we are glad you got to enjoy the views on Urupukapuka Island, the island is the jewel in the crown for the Bay of Islands. We look forward to seeing you again in future, Kind Regards, Explore Group Team. More 

Fort Collins
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The highlight of this entire day was Urupukapuka Island (where you stop to have lunch). Make sure you go to the top of the hill to see the view, it's incredible!! It was nice to boat around and see everything, but I might even suggest you save your money and just pay the $35/return ticket for the ferry (that this... More 

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Group - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Hi Tegan, Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed those picturesque views. Hopefully you get more of these amazing views in your travels. Kind Regards, Explore Group Team. More 

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50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well what a great day the Explore team provided. We were told seeing dolphins was guaranteed. Well just minutes out of Russell and there they were. The skipper of this awesome boat gave a great commentary, very knowledgeable. Then off to the hole in the rock but not before visiting some lovely coves and islands along the way. To our... More 

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

Hi Darrin701, Thank you for taking the time to review you cruise with Explore Group - Bay of Islands. I am glad you got to go through the Hole, the experienced local skippers are great at threading the needle as some call it. I am also happy that you enjoyed the full 100% access to the island facilities that Explore... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a great morning with Captain Gavin and crew aboard Discovery IV exploring the Bay of Islands. The journey included watching 2 pods of dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, including babies!, and Common Dolphins on the way out to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. Barbeque lunch on the way back, with a visit from the Bottlenose pod thrown in.... More 

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

Hi Trevor, Thank you for taking time to review Explore's Discover the Bay cruse. Really awesome to read that you saw two types of dolphins, the common dolphins sadley are not so common inside the Bay itself, so always a nice bonus. Again thank you for the great feedback, hope to see you in these parts again soon. Kind Regards,... More 

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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We booked on this tour because we were advised by an Explore rep that we were unlikely to be able to swim with dolphins as the pods had babies. It was good to have an honest approach. The tour was fantastic. Because Explore have a " finding the dolphins " boat we were able to meet up with a large... More 

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

Hi Kate, Thank you for your excellent review. We are glad you had a good time and got some great photos of the dolphins, they are truly fascinating. We always provide the latest information on the makeup of the pods, whether it is the pods have lots of babies, whether the swim rate has gone up, etc. So we are... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We had a family vacation to the bay of islands and one of the activities we did was this trip. Firstly....AMAZING! We got picked up in Russell, weather turned to blergh, but within minutes we had encountered a pod of dolphins. And boy did they put on a show for us. The commentary during the dolphins playing was so knowledgeable... More 

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

Hi, First of all WOW! Sounds like you and your family had a great day! We are glad you enjoyed the Discover the Bay cruise, this is an awesome trip out in the Bay seeing lots. The thrill of going through the Hole in the Rock is awesome! Never gets old! Thanks for visiting us, and we hope to see... More 

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