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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia
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Far North New Zealand Tour including 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga from Paihia
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Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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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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+64 800 365 744
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Booked the holes in rock tour through bookme. Explore emailed the day before you advise the tour was cancelled but upgraded us to the half day discover the Bay tour. Outstanding communication regarding the booking process and change over. No extra cost to us and...More

Thank MeaganE
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora Megan, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the 'Discover the Bay' Cruise and of course those beautiful Dolphins! Enjoy your travels! Cheers from the Explore Group Team.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

MUCH more than just a bus trip to the Cape. Sand dunes, long beaches, great commentary, BBQ in a quiet cove, fish & chips, and the thrill of the Cape as well. Excellent!!!

Thank Michael L
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Michael, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you had a awesome time with this unique amazing experience. Enjoy the rest of your travels, Exlore Group Team.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the 2 hr rib ride out to the hole in the rock at 5PM. It was absolutely superb. The skipper stopped at several spots to tell us about that location. She slowed up along side another boat so we could watch dolphins bow...More

Thank mikeyskay
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Mike at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora Mikeyskay, Thank you for your review of our Ocean Adventure experience. Sounds like you got the best of the best! Best wishes on the rest of your travels. Kind Regards, Explore Group Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic day right from the time we booked. Myself and my 4 year old went and we both had an amazing time 😊The highlight of the day had to be the dolphins close up. Fantastic friendly crew and yummy dinner. One of the best trips...More

Thank Chenin M
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Mike at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Chenin M, Thank you for your unique amazing experience with us! The Discover the bay is a great way to spend the morning or afternoon in the islands seeing it all! Including that awesome stop at Otehei Bay! Thank you again, Explore Group Team...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise to the Hole in the Rock and Otehei Bay. Delicious lunch and friendly staff all round.

Thank Kerry K
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Michael at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Kerry, Thank you for your review of the ' Discover the Bay'. Glad you enjoyed the lunch and the experience of our knowledgable nature guides. Kind Regards, Explore Group Team.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bay of Islands put on a beautiful sunny day for us yesterday. The office staff were great in Paihia and helpful when I asked where to park (next bay round is not limited to 4 hours so we parked there and walked back around...More

Thank Pachewychomp
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Michael at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora Pachewrychomp, Thank you for your review! Our friendly knowledgeable team are extremely passionate about what they do, we are glad you got to experience this amazing journey with us. We look forward to see you and your husband soon. Kind Regards, Explore Group...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour of bay of Islands, including a bbq lunch. Staff were friendly and helpful. We didn’t get to see any dolphins but still enjoyed the day enormously.More

Thank Fusspot100
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Michael at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora Fusspot100, Thank you for your review. Nice to hear that you got to enjoy this beautiful destination on our 'Discover the Bay' cruise, those dolphins being wild can be elusive at times. We hope to see you again in the future with your...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great 1/2 day cruise. Boat well set out windows opened right back terrific for uninterrupted views for taking photos. Only two thirds full so plenty room and easy to move around. Able to get onto deck too. Guides knowledgeable and friendly. Stop over at Otehei...More

Thank Kerrie O
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Michal at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora Kerrie, Thank you for your review of the 'Discover the Bay' cruise, the most informative and in-depth way to experience the Bay of Islands. We hope you enjoyed the stop over at Russell as this is a beautiful little town. From all of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a hole in the rock tour but it was cancelled due to unforseen circumstances, so we got upgraded to another one with no hassles we explored the ocean and found dolphins got taken to an island and had an exquisite bbq lunch a walk...More

Thank jenniek68
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Michael at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Jennie, Congratulations on the 20year anniversary! Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed the upgrade and had a great time travelling with us. Many thanks from all of us at Explroe.

Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Had an awesome day out with explore on a trip to hole in the rock and BBQ dinner on an island. Absolutely amazing day. This picture is taken inside the rock looking back.

Thank kw2622
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Michael at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi kw2622, Thank you for your review and sharing your photo! That view in your photo is awesome, going through the Hole in the Rock never gets old! Enjoy the rest of your travels, Explore Group Team

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Kiasululu
September 26, 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
February 13, 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
October 28, 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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