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Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises

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Address: 14 The Esplanade | Whitianga wharf, The Esplanade, Whitianga, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 27 555 5152
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Boat tour cruise of Cathedral Cove, Cooks Beach, Hahei, marine reserve,...

Boat tour cruise of Cathedral Cove, Cooks Beach, Hahei, marine reserve, caves and beaches. includes swimming and snorkelling if conditions suit

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You get a lotta bang for ya buck!

We strolled over and were greeted by a lovely fella who went out his way to get us on a cruise. It was only $50 each for an epic 1.5 hours, the boat was fast, felt safe and very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Henry L
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We strolled over and were greeted by a lovely fella who went out his way to get us on a cruise. It was only $50 each for an epic 1.5 hours, the boat was fast, felt safe and very well driven. He gave us some really good information on the township and history of all destinations we visited. I can... More 

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Waipukurau, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went out with Ken on a spontaneous decision to do something with our last afternoon in whitianga and it was our best decision yet! The day was beautiful, clear and warm, Ken was so friendly, knowledgable and engaging, the boat comfortable and warm as blankets were provided. We saw all the sights and some amazing added extras such as... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Awesome experience. Ken, our driver, was very knowledgeablea about the area pointing out places of interest. We stopped often and were able to see the fish which Ken fed from the boat. We saw so much more from this vantage point in a relitively short amount of time. We could never have seen what we did from the land. We... More 

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

Hi there - Thank you for taking the time to review - our boat tour is definitely a great vantage point to see the amazing coastline and to get 'up close' with the wildlife - a great platform for photography - look forward to you joining us again when you are next here! Lesley (and Ken) More 

Tauranga NZ
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We went out with Ken this week. Bad weather was predicted but Ken rang us to suggest we left earlier than set time. He was very informative and the coastline was stunning. With only two of us it felt like a private tour. Ken kept an eye on the weather and it was raining on our return but we were... More 

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

Thanks Jane for posting this review and glad that you were able to have a 'private tour' - often not possible when it is in peak season! Yes Ken always has an eye on the weather so it was great you could be flexible and you were able to get the tour in! Kind regards Lesley and Ken More 

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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

We went out the other day with Ken our skipper. We went to Cathedral Cove as well as various sea caves. As the tide was fairly high we were able enter all the caves we visited. In a couple the whole boat was able to fit in. Very cool. The marine reserve was beautiful with plenty of fish and bird... More 

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

Hi there Bill - Thanks for coming with us the other week - its certainly great at high tide and when we have these super high tides (which we once again had this weekend). Yes the trip is great for all ages and a very stable ride!! Thanks again for the review! Lesley and Ken More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Wow so much to see in this area & viewed from the sea with Ken gives the best perspective. An authentic & close to nature experience

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

Hi there - glad you had a great trip out with Ken - certainly an excellent perspective and different perspective given from the ocean. We certainly have a great coastline here! Thanks for reviewing - Ken and Lesley More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

My friend and I did the 2 1/2 hr cruise and had an incredible time. We saw such beautiful sights, were informed of the local knowledge and went swimming with schools of fish. Huge thanks to Ken for his relaxed nature and genuine keen-ness in us making the most of our tour.

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

Hi Annalise - Glad you enjoyed your tour and wow you were brave at this time of the year swimming but glad you did - it's a great experience eh? Safe travelling on the rest of your travels - kind regards Lesley and Ken More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Great family trip. Visiting cathedral Cave, various smaller caves, blow hole, & snorkelling. Amazing sights from the boat: giant snapper & a seal gave us a lovely display. Thanks Ken.

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Thank 372julia
Lesley H, Owner at Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the review a pretty good all round trip yours. The sea has been pretty clear lately and the big snapper in the reserve have been quite close up at times. Thanks again safe travels Ken More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This was our first time to take scenic cruise for our family. It was my daughter's birthday yesterday. My daughter said she couldn't expect anything better than this on her birthday. This was the best thing she got on her birthday. Thank you so much Ken for giving such a wonderful family trip memory.

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

Thanks for the review I am glad you enjoyed the trip and it made the birthday celebration top 10 awesome thank and I hope the rest of the birthday was a great one Ken More 

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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

I booked this trip as a last minute idea as I wanted to see cathedral cove but was going to walk there. Thankfully I booked this boat trip instead!! We got to see some fantastic scenery and even got to go into a cave! Front seats are fab as you get the best views. Be warned though, the swells can... More 

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

Thanks for the review. Yes we had 5 inches of rain 2 nights before your trip, it really mucked up the visibility. It was a funny swell that day was really hard to keep everything smooth no matter how much I tried. Thanks again for your review Ken More 

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