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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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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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  • Average5%
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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 3 days 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the twin tour of the Dune Rider up to Cape Reinga and the Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise. Dune Rider: - Great day out - Early morning pick up from our hostel and drop off - Lunch included that was...More

Thank Zoe D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the boat to Urupukapuka, the trip was reasonably priced and the staff were very friendly and happy!

Thank Phoebe P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a trip through BookMe...and wow, what an amazing experience. Tim, Gav & Jack did an awesome job keeping us entertained and well informed throughout the 4 hour duration. A bonus was getting to see the dolphins out in the wild - Jack knows the...More

Thank rbhim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great experience - excellent value. We were picked up at our motel (Cooks Lookout) in Haruru Falls (near Paihia) at 7:20 am and dropped back at 5:30 pm. It was a full day. The tour included a drive along 90 Mile Beach (awesome), a stop...More

Thank HappyBCTravellers
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Booked the holes in rock tour through bookme. Explore emailed the day before you advise the tour was cancelled but upgraded us to the half day discover the Bay tour. Outstanding communication regarding the booking process and change over. No extra cost to us and...More

Thank MeaganE
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Kia Ora Megan, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the 'Discover the Bay' Cruise and of course those beautiful Dolphins! Enjoy your travels! Cheers from the Explore Group Team.

Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

MUCH more than just a bus trip to the Cape. Sand dunes, long beaches, great commentary, BBQ in a quiet cove, fish & chips, and the thrill of the Cape as well. Excellent!!!

Thank Michael L
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Hi Michael, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you had a awesome time with this unique amazing experience. Enjoy the rest of your travels, Exlore Group Team.

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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.