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Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga Cathedral Cove Cruise provided by Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga

Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga Cathedral Cove Cruise

Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga Cathedral Cove Cruise
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99% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
14
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    14
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • professional and friendly crew
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Whitianga Wharf, The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand Please meet at the Whitianga Wharf 15 mins before your tour departure time. The Whitianga Wharf is located directly across the road from 13 Esplanade.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • professional and friendly crew
Departure details
  • Whitianga Wharf, The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand Please meet at the Whitianga Wharf 15 mins before your tour departure time. The Whitianga Wharf is located directly across the road from 13 Esplanade.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
415 reviews
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Mr Joshi (JJ)
Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
Jan 2021
A great experience. It was forecasted to be a crap day, and since the day before was also forecasted the same with the complete opposite, we took the gamble and went with the gut feeling. We booked at the i-site in Whitianga, and at first thought, $440 bucks for the four of us may be too much. Needless to say, we did not want to muck around finding what to do in the time we had and hence booked went to board.

We were greeted with a warm, polite welcome by Liv and guided us to the boat. The interaction was, amiable, and she did not make it formal. Our Skipper joined us and introduced himself as Cam. Another nice person jovial and funny which always makes the experience enjoyable and not a documentary escape.

The knowledge shared was good, allowing us to feel connected with the region. The scenery is what it is, and one can never undermine the beauty of NZ let alone Whitianga, but been able t experience it as Cam & Liv allowed us to makes it all worthwhile. They even managed to get us very close to some areas as albeit a busy period it maybe some also got scared of the weather forecast and leaving the sites, not as busy for us to experience fully.

The Glass Bottom Boat is a must as opposed to others available. Seeing the marine reserve as we did can only be done that way, I feel unless you get into the water itself. We did not opt to go into the water and snorkel but had been more confident in ourselves, and we would have done that.

Just a little over two hours later, we were back. We were thanked for being with them, whereas the feeling was very mutual—a lovely crew Cam & Liv. Keep up the good work guys you're surely good assets for the business.

We recommend the Glass Bottom Boat eyes closed. Well worth the money and I would even say maybe underrated, but we need not scare people away by putting the price up in saying that right!. Good people Good service Great experience.
Written 3 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mark and Hayley J
Kia Ora, What a fantastic review, thank you very much :) Sounds like you had a great time with Cam and Liv. We too think the tour is real good value for the price as its jammed packed full of scenery, marine life, swimming, factual commentary plus pretty amazing guides :) We are glad you took the punt and came out with us! Regards, Hayley
Written 3 January 2021
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Bomber13
Christchurch, New Zealand175 contributions
Feb 2021
Excellent, fantastic, informative, and any other possitive words that you want to use to describe the tour, Captain Catie, and guide Niamh were friendly, answered all of my questions, When asked Captain Catie said it was her first year driving the boat, I thought she had been doing it a lot longer, and was surprised it was only a year. Tour is everything that it is advertised as, even the fish know how to put on a show, (the food helps), Would recommend tour to everyone, no matter what age. Could give it 10 stars if I was able.
Written 15 February 2021
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Mark and Hayley J
Kia Ora, Wow what a fantastic review. Thank you very much :) Glad you had a great time out there with the crew (including the snapper), they do a fantastic job! Thanks for coming out with us. Regards, Hayley
Written 19 February 2021
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Clivel
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
Jan 2022
The Glass Bottom Boat experience delivered and more! Due to a cyclone and tsunami warning (really!) the team proactively contacted us and suggested another date - happily that date worked. Once on board, the team of Julian and Kristen were great hosts. Balancing the required safety, humour, history and knowledge they connected well with all day trippers. The trip delved more than expected - great views, lots of fish spotted, sea caves and even a small hammerhead shark!! Rather than just a passing look, Julian took time to follow the shark, giving us all a good look and a chance to take photos. Throw in some snorkelling and a high speed blast back into port, and it was a fun 2 hours. Totally recommend.
Written 20 January 2022
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Hi there, Wow what an awesome review. We are so pleased you had an amazing time on the water with our crew. That is amazing you got to see a shark, that does not happen too often on our tours! Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your time in Whitianga. Kind regards, Caitie
Written 20 January 2022
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Murray C
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
Absolutely excellent experience with Capt Steve and Kiristen. Both knowledgeable and genuinely enthusiastic. Went out of their way to make it a memorable day.
With humour and interesting commentary,
he two hour trip in the glass bottom boat was value for money at $110.
Highly recommended for young and old.
Written 18 December 2021
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Mark and Hayley J
Kia ora Murray, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful backyard and such a great crew to share it with those visiting the area. Steve and Kristen will be happy to hear you enjoyed your time out on the water with them. Thanks again and enjoy your summer! Kind regards, Niamh
Written 22 December 2021
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Cam
Whangarei, New Zealand9 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I highly recommend this trip for everyone. The boat set up is great and designed to cater for all ages and abilities with a highly skilled skipper.
I spend most days skippering and diving for work and was still very impressed with the 2 hour trip from start to finish.
We saw massive snapper and even a crayfish in the reserve through the glass bottom and then seals up on the rocks.
The skippers broad knowledge of the area also made this trip really interesting and I would definitely recommend it, even to people who may have have their own boat.
Cheers to the team at Glass Bottom Boats.
Written 11 August 2020
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Hi Cam, Thanks for the fantastic review! Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour, it is great when we get fellow divers and skippers on board to enjoy the reserve with! There is always something new to learn when you jump onboard so we are glad you found the commentary interesting. Thanks again and have an awesome day. Kind regards, Caitie
Written 12 August 2020
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Natalie O
1 contribution
Jan 2022
Niamh and Asher were fantastic on our recent Cathedral Cove tour. It was an informative 2 hours with great history about the area, and the importance of the marine reserve with light hearted humor along the way that made us all feel at easy and created a fun atmosphere. Our 9 yr old daughter was very nervous about the snorkeling, so Niamh helped her get over her worries, and even jumped in the water with her.. we loved the tour and would highly recommend it to others.
Written 11 January 2022
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Hi Natalie, Thanks for the review! Awesome to hear you had a great experience with the crew. We hope to see you again one day! Kind regards, Caitie
Written 12 January 2022
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Stu T
Tauranga, New Zealand161 contributions
Excellent trip, well worth it.

We took this trip as a family party of 8 with 6 adults and 10 kids aged 12 and 9. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a perfect day for it, with glassy smooth conditions.

Our driver, Katie, was great. She clearly enjoys what she does and was enthusiastic about her commentary. She wasn't just going through the motions as some guides can after giving the same speech every day.

The tour was a nice mix of great coastline and underwater viewing. The best parts were going inside the cave and comparing the marine life inside the reserve to outside the reserve.

It's great that their message was the need for more sustainable fishing practices as the impact outside the reserve is clear and somewhat saddening.

I thoroughly recommend the tour for all ages.
Written 10 July 2021
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Hi there, Wow what an awesome review! It was so great to have you guys on board and I am stoked you all enjoyed the tour. We are so lucky to be able to share our beautiful coastline with our guests along with the marine life inside the reserve. The cave sure is a highlight and I am glad you guys took onboard and heard our message of sustainability. We hope you enjoyed your stay in the Coromandel and hope to see you guys again! Kind regards, Caitie
Written 12 July 2021
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Dan
Wellington, New Zealand13 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
For our final day in Whitianga we decided to book a trip on the ‘Glass Bottom Boat’. This isn’t the typical type of activity we book because you never know how much you’re going to get to see or how crowded it might be. Though we decided to give it a shot!

I can safely say this was one of our top experiences here in Whitianga and we completely loved the whole experience from start till finish. On our trip we had 15 passengers with plenty of space for everyone. And I would say there is no bad seat on the boat. It’s views on views!

We were hosted by Niamh and Caitie who did an awesome job explaining the geography, marine life and history of Whitianga to everyone. They also provided some top tier banter and entertainment during the boat ride. They’re great hosts!

This truly was a great way to explore the cost and marine reserve of Whitianga. It’s so beautiful, and much like the heading of this review. It’s the cherry on top to round out your Whitianga experience!
Written 29 December 2020
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Mark and Hayley J
Kia Ora, Wowee, thank you for your super amazing review. Glad you took the chance to join us and share the experience with the rest of the group and the team. They work real hard to ensure everyone has a great time :) Glad you enjoyed your stay in Whitianga. Regards, Hayley
Written 29 December 2020
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Racquel E
1 contribution
Jan 2021 • Family
My daughter wanted me to rate this trip 10 stars, but unfortunately we could only do the maximum of 5. Highly recommend this tour if you are interested in learning the local history, seeing some amazing sights, and just generally being entertained. Julian and Niamh were the most amazing hosts, very adaptable, knowledgeable and super interactive with passengers. The view from the glass bottom boat was spectacular, including mermaid Niamh! If you get a chance to go on this trip, definitely try and get on the tour with Julian and Niamh! Snorkeling in the crystal clear water was an absolute highlight.
Written 17 January 2021
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Hi there, Wow what a review! We are pleased Julian and Niamh looked after you guys so well and you enjoyed the tour. We hope you will join us again next time you are in the area. Have a great day and thanks for the review. Kind regards, Caitie
Written 20 January 2021
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k8gutteridge
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked this trip the night before and luckily got the last two spots on the early morning tour which leaves Whitianga wharf at 8am. We were visiting from the UK and wanted to see the beauty of the Coromandel coast in the two short days we had there so the Glass Bottom Boat Tour was the perfect solution for us! Adam and Sam were expert guides along the way, identifying fish, explaining habitats and even spotting eagle rays. The boat was comfortable and well equipped, it was a truly fantastic experience and well worth the money - would definitely recommend!
Written 18 February 2020
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Mark and Hayley J
Kia Ora, Thank you for your super review! The morning tours are a delight as its usually quiet on the water and calm weather. We are pleased to hear that the tour was the perfect option for you and you sound like you got to see so much through the glass panels. Thanks for choosing to come out with us. Regards, Hayley
Written 22 February 2020
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Best Host!
We did a private tour with Libby and Asher who were amazing host!!!! the best!!! i highly recommend this company/to
Q9266IXamya
Q9266IXamya
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Family fun on the ocean
My family really enjoyed the boat ride Niamh and Asher made it really fun. We learnt a lot about different beaches
Masterlazer
Masterlazer
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Please can we do it again and again !
Thank you Niahm and Julian ." Best experience of Logan's Life" Fantastic Experience!!xx Roux's and Riddles.
bridgid20
bridgid20
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Fantastic family fun
It was absolutely brilliant. We were a family with a grandmother, grandchildren and parents. Everyone had a fabulo
Discussted
Discussted
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High light of our trip so far!!!
This was amazing!!! Our crew Amy and Julian were just the best. They definitely need recognition. Will definitely b
lex225
lex225
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Great day out
Katie and Jordie were great hosts, Katie did great keeping the wind and water off the side of the boat where my Wif
jacquit_13
jacquit_13
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Great time out on the water...unique
Naeve and Katie were great. Knowledgeable and fun but professional and you really got a sense that they loved their
blueberriedoll
blueberriedoll
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Perfect Morning activity for the family !
Great experience with lovely weather. 2hours was a perfect amount of time for the tour as we had our 20month old so
harinder26
harinder26
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Awesome, worth the money
Thank u Katie and neev. You have been so wonderful. Even i vomited and felt very uncomfortable but many thanks for
HooperFam
HooperFam
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Great morning out
Was recommended this by a friend and it is a lovely trip out. Kids enjoyed snorkelling off the boat. Saw lots of fi
Sgmil
Sgmil
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Awesome adternoon
Awesome afternoon with Steve the captain and Neve? Awesome to have swim in the marine reserve! Highly recommend
KarolinaW0591
KarolinaW0591
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10/10 great trip
Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area. Beautiful trip. Beautiful scenery. Saw lots of fish. If you wis
Tysonkay
Tysonkay
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Great family experience
Just want to say a huge thanks to Steve & Niamh for being our awesome guides. I took my family on the Cathedral cov
252JulieM252
252JulieM252
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Awesome
Highly recommend this tour. Steve and Gordie were fantastic hosts. Best part. Ummmm all of it. See you next year
sweetpeapb1
sweetpeapb1
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Had a fun trip on the boat today
Julian and Lucy were our hosts today and were excellent at their jobs. They knew the history of the area and kept u
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