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| Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 800 365 744
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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands
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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia
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Looking for a unique way to see the Bay of Islands? Well look no further. The team at Explore Group – Bay of Islands are the ready to show you the best of what Northland has to offer. Our staff are incredibly proud of their backyard and their passion and experience is really what sets us apart. Explore Group is locally owned and managed, with a strong family connection to the Bay of Islands spanning for generations. We are a multi award winning company, recognised for commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism in the local community and wider New Zealand. Come on board and see for yourself. We look forward to providing you some unique experiences in amazing places.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 800 365 744
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew on our Explore boat were wonderful. The commentary was knowledgeable and entertaining. We not only saw the promised dolphins, but lots of them. We had an infant with us who got seasick, but the crew were very sympathetic and helpful. It was a...More

Thank Firsttimetripper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trip was excellent- takes you around the islands and through the Hole on the Rock which was brilliant. Saw dolphins and stopped for lunch on an island offering amazing panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Thank kb882017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this trip which lasted longer than we thought. Fabulous trip around the various bays and islands, The weather allowed us to travel through the hole in the rock. We saw fisherman catching Kingfish, a pod of bottlenose dolphins and then had a BBQ...More

Thank mrsdamsel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Discover the Bay half day trip. Loads of space on the boat so a nice ambience. Not overcrowded. Great service on board and commentary - could have been a bit louder as struggled to hear at times. We were fortunate to see...More

Thank primpops
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked their boat to Urupukapuka Island to spend the day hiking. Our return ticket was for the 4:30 pm ferry. We finished up our hike around 3:00 pm and headed to the dock area. One of the island employees told us the 4:30 pm...More

Thank msrpoipu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Boats themselves are fine but the management and service are absolutely horrific. Book someone else.

Thank Timothy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour, AMAZING tour guide Daniel. We had terrible weather but made the most of it, also thanx to Daniel that made it fun for us despite the rain and wind. Explore is one of the only companies that still does the 'full' distance of...More

Thank Ingrid J
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We did the “Discover the Bay” trip with our baby in a pram. We had no problems getting on or off the boat. The trip was brilliant, the views are stunning and the staff were very knowledgable and very friendly. We saw a pod of...More

Thank Philip H
Reviewed 11 January 2018

As a family we boarded the Dolphin Discovery tour with the hope of finding and swimming with dolphins. Whilst we did find a pod of dolphins to observe we were unable to get in and swim as there was a young dolphin calf in the...More

Thank Sarah2304
Reviewed 8 January 2018

This cruise was very enjoyable and interesting. The commentary from Gareth was excellent and very informative. The cruise was 4.5 hours long and included a BBQ lunch on Otehei Bay which was very good. They guarantee to see some sort of sea mammals but unfortunately...More

Thank jelly2015
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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.