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Explore - Bay of Islands

Corner of Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia, New Zealand
+64 9-402 8234
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Hole In The Rock cruise

We chose to book with Explore as they operate a smaller vessel than Fullers. We figured there would... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Malcolm A
via mobile
Excellent

We really enjoyed this cruise despite intermittent rains and some rough seas. We were unable to go... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Susan S
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Combine a morning encounter with dolphins on our Swim with the Dolphins cruise and an afternoon sailing the legendary maxi yacht Lion New Zealand...
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Corner of Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We chose to book with Explore as they operate a smaller vessel than Fullers. We figured there would be less passengers struggling for space to photograph attractions. The choice was vindicated. We had barely left the Russell pier and we were greeted by a pod...More

Thank Malcolm A
nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you had a great time. Kind Regards, Michael & Explore Group Team.

Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed this cruise despite intermittent rains and some rough seas. We were unable to go to the hole in the rock do to winds and waves but the ship was nice, the crew was fantastic and we did meet up with a pod...More

Thank Susan S
nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Hi Susan S. Great to hear you enjoyed your trip, the weather is out of our control but if your not phased by rain and can enjoy moment for what they are then you will always find beauty in nature. Sound like you also got...More

Reviewed 21 April 2017

We really had a great time on this tour. The only thing I would change about it is having less people on the boat. Even though there were seats inside, you really want to be sitting on the top outside deck to catch all of...More

Thank Kevin G
nzl4041, Public Relations Manager at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Hi Kevin, Thank you for your feddback. We are glad you enjoyed your cruise. Kind Regards Explore Group Team.

Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

1.30pm left the wharf and we were on the dolphins in about 10 minutes spent about 20 minutes moving between a few pods of dolphins. The boat Discovery 4 - a large catamaran was very comfortable and very quick. Gary the captain gave us a...More

Thank josso_4
nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review your Discover the Bay cruise on board our premium catamaran Discovery 4. We are glad you enjoyed the great service of our local skippers who love showing guest their back yard. Wishing you well on the...More

Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

This tour was perfect for me for many reasons. I wanted to feel New Zealand not just see it. It was a comfortable 10 am start (pick up at my accommodation in Paihia) by my professional and richly experienced tour guide (Koro) who is also...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Our first trip on board the fast, comfortable ferry was wonderful. A summer day with a few hours to spare. What could be nicer than arriving at a beautiful pest free island for a swim and wade around, lunch in the cafe or out under...More

Thank Don L
nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Hi Don L, We are glad you enjoyed the ferry service our to Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island. It truly is an amazing destination, and a very relaxing place to spend the day. Thanks again for the awesome review, we hope to see you again soon....More

Reviewed 7 March 2017

Quite a long trip around the Bay of Islands but as the boat was fast it was great. Stopped to see a school of dolphins - with two young as well - having fun around us just like on the TV. Made more special due...More

Thank John A
nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

Kia Ora John! Sounds like you had a great day out on the water! We are quite lucky to have 2 beautiful little calves(baby) dolphins born in the Bay of Islands. Also great to see you got for a paddle, the water out at Otehei...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately the winds were too strong and the sea too rough to go all the way to Hole in The Wall but still had a great cruise. Went around several islands, saw the dolphins and had a lovely lunch on an island. Captain and staff...More

Thank Sue M
nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2017

Hi, Sue. Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise with us. Yes at times if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction it can make it hard to get out to the Hole in the Rock, we are glad that you...More

Reviewed 28 January 2017

We enjoyed the half day cruise in the afternoon. We saw lots of dolphins, sailed through the Hole in the Rock & stopped at a beach for snacks. It was all good. recommended!More

Thank Barry L
nzl4041, Sales Executive - BAY OF ISLANDs at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

Kia Ora Barry, Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise. We are glad you had a great afternoon. The Bay of Islands is an amazing place to visit especially out on the water. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Kind Regards, Explore...More

Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We booked on a dolphin-watching/swim with the dolphins tour in early Jan. They do make it very clear you may not swim with the dolphins, however what they do not say is that in summer months this us highly unlikely as one of the main...More

Thank AJB78
nzl4041, Sales Executive - Bay of Islands at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

Hi, Thank you for posting your review. Whilst summer is a popular month for young calves(babies) to be born, we do search for the teenagers who often split away from the main pods to play. As these are wild dolphins we are at the complete...More

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Response from Dot M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't really know any apartments. We stayed at the Copthorne hotel, it's a 20 min walk but they also have a shuttle bus which go back and forth to the pick up points. The downside it's every half hour so you have to... More
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Beth S
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Hi Beth, Yes, the menu does have vegetarian options. We offer a platter as vegetarian option on request and also offer a vegetarian main, vegetarian moussaka – smoked aubergine, tomato, spinach, creamy mozzarella sauce... More
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