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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 800 365 744
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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia
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Far North New Zealand Tour including 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga from Paihia
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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands
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Explore Group - Bay of Islands is a Unique way to see the Bay of Islands and the Far North, Explore Amazing places one board our vessels, coaches and yachts. Experience the Bay is a quality environment, we take smaller groups so that you have the best experiences that can be offered in the Bay of Islands & Far North. Travel with Explore Group - Bay of Islands for a Unique Amazing Experience. Discover The Bay - The best way to see the Bay of Islands and all its aspects, from on board nature guides, Dolphins, Birdlife, Hole in the Rock, Island Stop-over and a Buffet Lunch included. Dolphin Discovery - Love dolphins? Come with us on a 4hr journey in search of the popular bottlenose dolphins and other marine life, with the chance to swim with the dolphins should conditions permit. Hole in the Rock Experience - On a budget? This is a great way to see the Bay of Islands and experience the unique amazing Hole in the Rock with the option of an island stop over.
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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 800 365 744
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an awesome day out with explore on a trip to hole in the rock and BBQ dinner on an island. Absolutely amazing day. This picture is taken inside the rock looking back.

Thank kw2622
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I did the Discover the bay tour and it was amazing. We got on a comfortable large boat and set up to discover the different islands. Unfortunately the wind was too strong so we were unable to go to the whole in...More

Thank Mykaela91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic day out exploring the Bay of Islands with Explore. We booked on to our tour the night before and found the sales staff in the office to be extremely helpful, friendly and informative. They were also very up front about the...More

Thank Sophielinley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Discover the Bay tour with Explore and, even though it was overcast and a bit chilly outside (take your beanie!), we had a great time touring the islands, seeing the dolphins and going through the hole in the rock; this was topped...More

Thank Tracy S
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Bay of Islands at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora Tracy, Thank you for your review, I have shared it all with the staff! We love what we do at Explore - Bay of Islands, and pleased to be able to share this amazing place with guests like yourself. Enjoy your travels through...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dune rider tour - Daniel our driver was amazing! Buses are clean and comfortable. Tour guide Daniel was very informative and knowledgeable about everything . Great sightseeing. Only wish we could have abit more time at Cape Reinga, sand dunes & 90 mile beach. The...More

Thank Tokouso2014
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Bay of Islands at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora Tokousa2014, Thank you for your feedback, Daniel is an excellent driver/guide furthermore a local, who loves to share his passion for the area with guests. I have passed on your feedback to our General Manager who will look into the lunch. Usually, we...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were picked up from Russell in the morning where the boat meandered around the islands. We saw seals, penguins, birds and some Orcas!!! We were in awe! The hole in the rock, the elephant, the lady... all made it extra special. I really want...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Bay Of Islands at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora, WHAT A DAY! I am very jealous that you got to see Orca, they are frequent visitors to the bay, but you have to be pretty lucky to see them, so well done! The lady in the rock is my favourite part of...More

Reviewed 15 October 2017

Great staff, easy going, humourous and knowledgeable. I was 8 months pregnant heading out in the open water in search of dolphins. The boat was the right size and no matter where on the boat you were situated, it was great for viewing. Not too...More

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ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Bay of Islands at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora MTB_City! Thank you for your excellent review! Your review has been passed on to our staff, who love what they do and are so passionate about their jobs. They get to live and breath the bay of islands every day so they want...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

We chose the "Discover The Bay" cruise and couldn't rate Explore, their crew or this trip more highly. We were very fortunate with the weather. We spent time amongst a large pod of dolphins, visited beautiful islands, made it out to Cape Brett, the Hole...More

Thank karensmith2017
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora Karen! Thank you so much for your kind words in this beautiful review, I have passed the feedback on to the crew who, are truly passionate about sharing what they get to see and do as locals! We aim to offer the best...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

This trip will show you th met iconic places in Bay of Islands. You will (most likely) see dolphins! Explorer provides you with a decent lunch (so don't eat before hand!). Pricey, but worth it!More

Thank HaukeRabauke
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi HaukeRabauke, Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a good time out on the water, Explore has the beautiful facilities out on the largest island, Urupukapuka! This is a must-see destination! We hope the rest of your travel through NZ are...More

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Booked the Swim with Dolphins trip understanding there were no guarantees. We saw 1 bottle nosed dolphin but were not permitted to swim with a solitary dolphin. But, it played around in the surrounding waters then raced our boat, which was amazing! The scenery around...More

Thank Michelle M
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora Michelle, We are glad you had a good time out in the Bay, there are some amazing sights out on the water with Dolphins being one part of it. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels through New Zealand. Kind Regards,...More

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26 September 2016|
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.
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
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.