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Ocean Leopard Tours

Whitianga Wharf, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
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Great trip

This was our first tour in nz and we had a great time! Great value for money. Cruised the beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
michelleannMelbourne
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Awesome cathedral cove tour with Ocean Leopard

We had an amazing tour with Justin of Ocean Leopard Tours who went out of his way to make our tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lizelle S
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Explore one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking stretches of coast with the exhilarating and award winning Ocean Leopard Tours. On the 2 hour Full Monty Tour you will cruise 12 km of rugged volcanic coastline visiting nearby islands, stunning beaches, including Lonely Bay, Cooks Beach, Hahei and the spectacular Cathedral Cove where Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia) was filmed. Venture across the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve where you’ll observe an abundance of marine and bird life. Get up close and personal with towering pinnacles, giant blowholes and huge sea caves including Orua Sea Cave, one of the largest in NZ and only accessible by boat. Throughout the tour your local guide will highlight Mercury Bay’s rich and colourful history giving a fabulous balance of information and time to soak up the sights and sounds.
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“both sides” (19 reviews)
“cathedral cove” (118 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Whitianga Wharf, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first tour in nz and we had a great time! Great value for money. Cruised the beautiful coast line not only amazing coastal scenery but fish, dolphins and we even spotted a seal!! Would hesitatate revommending this trip!More

Thank michelleannMelbourne
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Michelle, Thankyou for taking the time to write such a nice review! It was awesome to see so much marine life on the tour and I'm so glad you loved the scenery out there. All the best with the rest of your travels and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing tour with Justin of Ocean Leopard Tours who went out of his way to make our tour spectacular. We would definitely recommend them for your Cathedral Cove boat tour!!! Thank you!More

Thank Lizelle S
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lizelle, Thank you for taking the time to review us and for giving the tour such high praise! It was a pleasure chatting with you guys and showing you the beautiful coast we have out there. All the best and we hope to see...More

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Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

First time visit to NZ. This tour is a must. Amazing scenery and the highlight of our trip. Justin was the ultimate tour guide and could answer any question. He was friendly and professional and made every guest feel relaxed and this made the trip....More

Thank Katrina R
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Katrina, Thank you for the fantastic review and recommendation, those are some very kind words! It's great to hear you enjoyed the tour and were made to feel relaxed. Thanks also for mentioning the ease of boarding the boat. This is a question that...More

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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

Informative, tentative and such an enjoyable experience! We booked last minute when we were visiting with my dad from the UK. The weather looked a bit iffy but OLT’s called us first thing and kept us up to speed on the ever changing conditions right...More

Thank LouMatt2011
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi LouMatt2011, wow thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review! I really appreciate all the comments you make including your description of the boat. This is something that a lot of people don't think about when they're making a...More

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Reviewed April 19, 2018

Our family had a very informative cruise with Brian at the helm. It was enjoyable and entertaining. Brian shared his considerable knowledge of the local history and geology of the area as well as showcasing the spectacular scenery including entering a marine cave and marine...More

Thank Mike C
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Mike C, a huge thank you for writing in with this fantastic review. It's great to get some feedback on our relief skipper Brian as well. He does a great job and we'll be sure to pass on our kind words. Excellent to hear...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

We did this with our family, all adults, and it was great! Justin is so chilled out and easy going. Knew all about the coast and it was great to see it all from the water. Would highly recommend this trip!

Thank Alyson81
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Alyson, thanks for this beautifully short but sweet review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the tour and hope the rest of your time in the area went well. Cheers, Justin

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

This was such a great trip and well worth the money. Justin our guide took us around the coastline and showed us all the sights. He even offered to take photos for everyone in front of Cathedral Cove which was a nice touch. His knowledge...More

Thank proudfoj
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi proudfoj, thanks for taking the time to review Ocean Leopard Tours. I'm so pleased to hear you felt the tour was great value for money and that you were able to ge some good photos too. It's such a stunning coast and such a...More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

We had a wonderful trip on the Ocean Leopard today exploring 12km of coast from Whitianga, almost to Hot Water Beach. Cathedral Cove was spectacular as seen from the sea, at near high tide, with a moderate swell running. We also saw blow holes and...More

Thank briarmills
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi briarmills, Wow thank you so much for this excellent review and rating! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed the tour despite the swell and got to enjoy all the sights and wildlife this stunning coast has to offer. Thanks again, cheers, Justin

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

We took the Whirlwind tour which we enjoyed a lot. Justin is a really nice guy and knowledgeable guide and he gave a lot of information about the surroundings during the tour which makes it so much more interesting. Getting up close to Cathedral Cove...More

Thank Erik-Jan M
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Erik-Jan M, thanks so much for writing in and reviewing Ocean Leopard Tours! I'm so pleased to hear you and your family enjoyed the tour and feeding the snapper. We are so lucky to have this marine reserve protecting the marine life along a...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Was such a wicked tour! Justin is such a cool guide. Was funny and learnt a bit of history about the whitianga/coromandel coast! Will definitely do it again! And highly recommend to others!

Thank Jaimee-Lee G
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JPHopkins, Owner at Ocean Leopard Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jaimee-Lee G, thank you so much for this enthusiastic and emphatic review - I love it! We would love to take you out again any time. It's people like yourself that make my job that much easier so thank you. Cheers, Justin

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Alison C
May 20, 2017|
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Response from JPHopkins | Property representative |
Hi there, thank you for the enquiry. Generally speaking we run all year around. In winter months when weather conditions are less favourable it's best to call us when you arrive in the area and take it from there. Thank you... More
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sarath k
March 17, 2017|
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Hi sarath k, thank you for your question, it's one we get asked quite a bit. We love animals but I'm afraid on the Ocean Leopard we do not allow pets. This is really out of respect to other customers who may have allergies... More
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Aussie2066
February 6, 2017|
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Thanks Justin.we booked the longer one
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