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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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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands
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Far North New Zealand Tour including 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga from Paihia
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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. Traveller 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 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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We chose the explore group since we got an amazing deal on grabone for the twin tour i.e. dune rider and discover the bay cruise. To start off the guides on both tours did an amazing job. They kept us entertained and had good knowledge...More

Thank arnold1aaron
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

See all the magical sites in one go! This trip was just perfect with Miss 8, she loved the boat the islands and we were lucky enough to see two pods of Orca! So special! The staff were so knowledgeable the lunch was delicious, and...More

Thank Ashleigh S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went out on an Explore boat today with Captain Phil, Marty and Jamaica. Couldn't go to Hole in the Rock due to weather conditions and were offered the option to go another day. Went today and loved every minute! Close up look of many different...More

Thank Jazzb1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic day out. Our driver Paul was able to allow us to sit back and relax. Promptly picked us up at our accommodation. Times at each location for our small group allowed us enough time to take in the amazing scenery.

Thank Dianne T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes this is a great way to see the top end of NZ. Awesome bus ride along the surf beach, sand boarding, then a scenic walk to the lighthouse. Lunch a bonus. Well worth doing.

Thank John A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Discover the Bay Tour. It was fantastic. The day started out clear, clouded over around lunch time. The view of the islands is great and the information was interesting. Lunch was delicious, make sure you do the walk the views are worth...More

Thank Rose B
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Rose B. Thank you for your review, it is definitely worth the views at the top of the hill and that lunch is very scrumptious. Again thank you for your feedback. Enjoy your travels. Michael and the team at Explore Group.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For winter we were lucky with the weather and although windy and choppy we had sunshine-which made the Island stop off very special! The commentary on board is excellent and the staff ensure that you're pre-warned of any choppiness! It was great to see the...More

Thank Laura P
ExploreGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Laura, THank you for your review, as you have mentioned we want everyone to have a good time so we definitely tell people if it's going to be rough, some people travel better than others on these days. The Bay is a beautiful place...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic day out. Our driver Paul was able to allow us to sit back and relax. Promptly picked us up at our accommodation. Times at each location for our small group allowed us enough time to take in the amazing scenery.

Thank Dianne T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Specifically came to Paihia to view some bottlenose dolphins which we were told we had 60% chance to swim with. Trip 1. We spent the 4 hour trip 'searching' for dolphins as well as viewing the beautiful coast line and islands dotted around the bay...More

Thank GibbinsPaul
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The weather looked onimous from the start ... but the Explore crew got us through the swells in style, A thoroughly competent skip and crew showed us around some of the amazing islands in the bay. Stopping for lunch on the stunning Urupukapuka island. Lunch...More

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

Thank you for your awesome review. I love the feedback we got from this trip despite the weather being on the grey side, it was fantastic to see everyone having a great time and enjoying the UNIQUE - AMAZING - EXPERIENCE. Look forward to seeing...More

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Kiasululu
26 September 2016|
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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.
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OzAnne1
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
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mausey
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.
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