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“Amazing! Highly Recommend” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours
88 Hahei Beach Rd, Hahei 3591, New Zealand
0064 7 8663877
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Hahei
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens up a sea kayaking paradise full of beaches, islands and rock gardens that are just waiting to be explored.Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. To top it off we land at Cathedral Cove where you will be treated to our world famous cappuccinos and hot chocolates on the beach! Having delighted travellers for over 10 years, Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours are one of NZ's must do activities!
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“Amazing! Highly Recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This trip was great, the staff were very helpful, we text and organised it the day before.
This was a great half day activity while in the Coromandel, we got to experience the fresh air, sea life and beautiful Cathedral Cove. The guide was very well informed, the coffee break was lovely and it was an all round amazing experience. Highly recommend!

Visited March 2013
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Mike G, Owner at Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thanks for taking the tip to post your review. Great to hear that you had an enjoyable experience with us. I hope the rest of your NZ trip went well too. See you next time!
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Kanazawa, Japan
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“Fun tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The company came and picked us up from the ferry and then we were on our way! I had booked a full day but the weather was bad so they refunded me for a half-day. But despite the clouds and rain, we still went out and had a great time. They explained everything about kayaking so that even a beginner like myself could understand it and have fun at the same time. When we reached the cove, we took a break for pictures and our guide served us drinks and biscuits before we headed back. I had a great time, even with the less than perfect weather.

Visited April 2013
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Mike G, Owner at Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. Great to hear that you enjoyed your trip and that you were well looked after by our team. Thanks for kayaking with us and we'll see you next time!
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“A must do Kiwi experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Thanks for such an amazing day last week. I've been a lot of amazing places around the world and can't believe I hadn't been to this area and done this trip until yesterday when it was so close to where I grew up. It certainly is one of the top expriences on my list and a must do for Kiwis!Disocvering the caves and tunnel on the Volcanic Coast tour in the morning was incredible, unbeatable lunch spot on Hahei beach, and the Cathedral Cove tour in the afternoon complete with dolphin chasing and pop up cafe at the bay serving deliciuos hot choc made for an exceptioanlly memorable day.

Visited April 2013
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Mike G, Owner at Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi Anna, thanks for the great review. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much and that the weather (and the dolphins) came to the party. Thank you for kayaking with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Hope you had a safe trip home and good luck with the new job!
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Bali, Indonesia
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“Our guide made all the difference”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We really wanted to kayak to Cathedral cove but the waves were pretty big so we were offered the alternative to kayak to Cooks Beach instead. While the kayaking is probably not as scenic to Cooks beach, we really enjoyed the company, stories and knowledge of our guide Jinny (or was it Jenny?). She also makes a fantastic flat white and hot chocolate as well. Loved the silver tea service on the beach! We ended up talking the walking route to Cathedral Cove later in the day so didn't feel like we missed out on too much.

The only downside I should mention is that when the kayaks were first offloaded from the trailer and onto the beach they were really sandy - the crew wiped them down before we got into them but I thought it would make a better first impression if the kayaks were delivered already clean. Just sayin'

Visited April 2013
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Mike G, Owner at Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Many thanks for your great review! Glad to hear that you were well looked after by Ginney, she'll be very happy to read your comments. We would have loved to kayak to Cathedral Cove with you but with your safety our main priority the big surf meant it was not possible. Thanks for the feedback about some sand on the kayaks. When we have to move our operation to Cooks Beach the kayaks are loaded onto trailers and unloaded at the destination. Sometimes sand from the bottom of kayaks on the top racks falls onto kayaks below during transit, it is pleasing to hear the kayaks were cleaned for you before the trip commenced. Thanks again for taking the time to review your experience and we'll see you next time!
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“A great time on our tour of Cathedral Cove”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

My husband, daughter, and son-in-law had a great time with Hayden on our kayak tour around the cove. Our guide was knowledgeable, engaging, and made it a great afternoon. The coffees during our stop at the beach really hit the spot.

Visited April 2013
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Mike G, Owner at Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Many thanks for reviewing your trip with us. I will pass your comments onto Hayden who I am sure will be very grateful. Thanks again and we'll see you next time!
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