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“Bay of Islands Boad Trip”
Review of Explore Group

Explore Group
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US$80.15*
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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 April 2018

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 the Island Otehei which was excellent. What we didn't realise was that they guarantee that you see Dolphins or you get a partial refund. We did see them! We were treated to a wonderful display of leaping dolphins complete with baby, fur seals, schools of blue fish and much more. We also has a ferry pass to the very posh Russell island and the boat picked us up from there. The Captain kept up a wonderfully informative and very funny commentary throughout. Altogether a stunning and memorable experience that was excellent value for money. Thank you! Haley and Ian Knight

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ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

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 glad to hear that you were lucky enough to spot not only dolphins, but an array of marine life! Thanks again for your review, we really appreciate it. Cheers, ^AP

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 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! Awesome staff.

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ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

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 the Bay of Islands, so i'm glad you got to get out there and experience it, the walks on the island really are spectacular. We hope to have you on board again should we have the chance, cheers ^AP

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

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 were able to go through the hole twice and spend a little bit of time finding out additional information about Motukokako and quite a number of the other islands in the area. We were also able to sight seals on one of the rocks and a few dolphins too. The discovery tour was made to feel extra special by stopping off for a meal at Otehei Bay, where passengers were able to go for a walk if needed.

Four hours of a great experience, which made our trip to Northland and Paihia extra special, so well done the people from explore.

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ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

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 team love sharing their local knowledge of the area. Very lucky you were able to travel through the Hole in the Rock twice, that doesn't happen every day - the conditions on the day you went must have been stunning. We hope to have you on board in the sunny Bay of Islands should the chance arise again. Have a great day. Cheers ^AP

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

we were going to go on the 3 hour trip out to the hole in the rock on the catamurran but changed our minds to go on the fast boat. it was a calm day and was worried as I have a crook back but was told it would be fine and to sit at the back. loved every minute of it. the driver stopped a couple of times to tell us about the islands and make sure we were ok. we were very lucky to be able to go through the hole in the rock. was so worth it. even went right into the cathedral cave. would recommend this way to go if you don't want to be out there long.

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ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Kia Ora Lynette. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We pride ourselves on offering guests unique experiences in amazing places, so i'm glad to hear you were able to travel through the Hole in the Rock and that our Skipper made sure you were looked after :) Thanks for taking the time to review your trip with us, cheers ^AP

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