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Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises

Whitianga Wharf, Whitianga, New Zealand
+64 27 555 5152
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Ranked #3 of 17 activities in Whitianga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Fee: Yes
Description: Boat tour cruise of Cathedral Cove, Cooks Beach, Hahei, marine reserve, caves and beaches
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We had the unbelievable good fortune to get a private tour on the day that Ken was taking along his wife and mother-in-law. Completely delightful! We got the royal treatment and made new friends to boot. Don't miss it!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was amazing. Ken is fantastic, so knowledgable, friendly and heaps of fun. He took the three of us out for the 1.5hr trip. The scenery was spectacular. We went on a clear morning, the water colour was beautiful. The fish came right up to the side of the boat. We went inside of the caves which was just magical.... More

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the review it was pretty nice day, especially seeing the wind blew the night before. Yes the boat is great for the kids smooth and safe and she looked the part snuggled up in the life jacket. I hope the rest of your Kiwi visit was enjoyable All the best Ken More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip with skipper / owner ken. Very stable and safe boat made the trip very comfortable and relaxing. Stunning scenery, fish life viewed through underwater cameras and snorkelling when the water warms up. Ken has excellent local knowledge sharing a few tales with passengers. We were treated to a pod of dolphins playing in the morning sun.... More

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks Julie, you iced the perfect weekend to visit , great weather, the water is crystal clear and the dolphins were close by. The first time we have seen them for a while. Come again in summer and enjoy a snorkel in the reserve it's fabulous Ken More

Whakatane
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Lots of fun, local knowledge impressive. Very close to the sea life with underwater camera and also the boating skills were top class with getting us close into the caves and surrounding areas. Very rough sea once we got round the point so trip was cut short - never felt unsafe at any stage. We were offered a partial refund... More

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks, it was a shame we didn't get to the rest of the tour that day some days it just happens. We will always try and give value for the tour and we predicate you not accepting our partial refund offer. We are also thrilled to receive the latest 2014 excellence award from trip advisor. Great reviews like yours are... More

Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Big thanks to Ken, captain and tour guide on what was a great day on the water. Everything from geology, sight seeing and marine life - including underwater camera and seal spotting. Highly recommend to those wanting to get out on (or in) the water, complete with sea caves and of course Cathedral Cove itself.

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the review , it was a good day but a little rough from memory. A good sea always provides some great photo shots. I hope your travel continues safely. Ken More

Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful trip exploring the caves and sights of Cathedral Cove with the enigmatic Ken on this tour. His insightful and entertaining commentary and great expertise about all the local attractions made for a wonderful experience. The day was perfect out on the water and the added bonus of seeing a seal and the underwater camera action made... More

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Yes the winter touring has been awesome so far. You picked the perfect weather and the water clarity was fantastic. Always a bonus to sea some of the local wildlife. Thanks for the fabulous review. More

Whitianga, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

It was relaxing, informative, exciting, great value for money, and most importantly fun. The level of knowledge that Ken shared, and the service that our family and friends received was absolutely amazing. The snorkeling was an awesome experience, and the gear we borrowed was brilliant. I have called Whitianga home for over 30 years and this is definitely one of... More

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Wow thanks Sharon great review. We love the family days and really love giving the children something to remember. The trip is really great for birthdays and family events More

Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Fantastic trip and sight seeing. Excellant and knowledgeable commentary from Ken as well as good value.

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. The winter touring has been great, lovely sunny days and crystal clear waters. More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Having spent a fortnight touring New Zealand's North Island we would certainly say that Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, magical Scenery tour stands out as a real highlight. The scenery is obviously a very big reason but that in conjunction with Ken's encyclopaedic knowledge and very caring and attentive personality it makes it exceptional. We have a 5yr old and a... More

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Very flattered by your nice comments Thanks very much. we really enjoy taking the kids they really enjoy the big fish we see and the big fast boat . We cater for babies and toddlers with life jackets for all. a lot of the kids fall asleep too maybe for the mums and dads out there we can offer that... More

Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed the condensed tour (1.5 hrs) on Anzac Day. Very comfortable trip on an ex coast guard vessel with knowledgeable guide, who obviously enjoys what he does. Loved Orua Cave and seeing snapper through reasonably clear water. Well worth our time.

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Ken H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Anzac was a great day was this the day we caught the plastic duck fishing. Not sure check out face book page funny event and a great fishing story More

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