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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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Ashburton, New Zealand
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

we went out with ken on his boat cruise, had a great time. we saw the snapper up close and he took us around some beautiful bays, inside the wondrous cave was a treat. we have some beautiful sights right here on our nz doorstep, thanks ken

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We spent a weekend at Whitianga in early March 2014 with our son, who lives in Mount Maunganui and he was anxious that we should have a boat rtrip to Cathedral Cove. We only had a short time window on a Saturday and our son telephoned Ken on the previous Friday night. Ken readily arranged to meet us at the... More

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

Hi Julie Thanks for the review it was a great trip with the dolphins so close to the bay, a real treat. Come again in the summer and swim with the fish that is an awesome experience More

Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We enjoyed our cruise on Mercury Bay for all the reasons that everyone has mentioned - the scenery, going inside the sea caves, watching the fish and Ken's knowledgable and delightful commentary. I enjoyed the cruise so much I wrote about it on my blog, reflecting on the personal perspective of meeting someone like Ken who loves their work so... More

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

Thanks for your wonderful reviews. It is a fantastic job we have, they say find something you love to do and you will never work again. The bonus is having an experience with all the wonderful people we meet like your group. Thanks again Ken More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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

Hello I hope you travelled back to the US safely. Thanks for the review it was a special day. Mother in laws Valerie 1st trip on a boat ever and proudly holds the tag of our oldest traveller now. It was made special too by your input thanks for being great fun. I hope you can return some time Ken More

Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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

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
8 helpful votes 8 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

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