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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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US$88.65*
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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands
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US$110.81*
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Far North New Zealand Tour including 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga from Paihia
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US$112.29*
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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"dune rider"
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"otehei bay"
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"gum diggers"
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"cape reinga"
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"driver paul"
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"mangonui fish shop"
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"included lunch"
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"fish and chips"
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"sand boarding"
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"dolphin discovery"
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"bay tour"
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"pod of dolphins"
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"great trip"
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"saw dolphins"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took their boat to urapukauka island (40$) and it was comfortable and perfectly on time. The crew was nice and offered help to whoever wanted.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip out with Skipper (Tim) and Katrina. They were very professional and friendly but also knowledgeable about birds and fish life in general and dolphins in particular. It’s clear that they really care for the dolphins, treating them with respect and...More

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ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia Ora charleshj1. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip, and thanks for taking the time to give us a review. Our staff love what they do, so i'm glad you enjoyed hearing them pass on their...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the half day cruise around the islands & out to the hole in the rock. We had a perfect day which made the scenery spectacular & even saw some dolphins close up. We had a relaxing stop over at one of the islands...More

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Kia Ora scrubb12. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We pride ourselves on offering guests a more personalised experience by taking smaller groups, so we're glad that you enjoyed that aspect of the trip...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a wonderful day taking the Eplore trip around the Bay of Islands. We bought the trip which includes a boat right out to the hole in the rock and a tour of the whole bay culminating with a barbeque on the beach on...More

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ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia Ora Haley and Ian. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you had an amazing time with us on the Discover the Bay tour, and thanks for taking the time to review your trip and recommend us to others. I'm...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the cream trip. I would recommend it. Lots of time on a nice boat. Great views. Very informative staff. Very engaging. We also took a ferry to Urupukapuka. This was a highlight. Make sure you hike to the campground and around it. Beautiful!...More

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Kia Ora bradsheri. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you had a great time with us, and thanks for taking the time to review your trip with us to let others know. Urupukapuka Island sure is a beautiful spot within...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three of us took the 'Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia' in the afternoon. The skipper and his staff made the trip a great experience. The commentary was excellent both ways to the rock with a map supplied. Luckily on the day, we...More

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Kia Ora Bruce. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you had an amazing time with us, and thanks for taking the time to review your trip with us to let others know. Great to hear you enjoyed the commentary, our...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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