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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 800 365 744
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Explore Group - Bay of Islands is a Unique way to see the Bay of Islands and the Far North, Explore Amazing places one board our vessels, coaches and yachts. Experience the Bay is a quality environment, we take smaller groups so that you have the best experiences that can be offered in the Bay of Islands & Far North. Traveller with Explore Group - Bay of Islands for a Unique Amazing Experience. Discover The Bay - The best way to see the Bay of Islands and all its aspects, from Dolphins, Birdlife, Hole in the Rock, Island Stop-over and a Buffet Lunch included. Dolphin Discovery - Love dolphins? Come with us on a 4hr journey in search of the popular bottlenose dolphins and other marine life, with the chance to swim with the dolphins should conditions permit. Hole in the Rock Experience - On a budget? This is a great way to see the Bay of Islands and experience the unique amazing Hole in the Rock with the option of an island stop over.
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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 800 365 744
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great staff, easy going, humourous and knowledgeable. I was 8 months pregnant heading out in the open water in search of dolphins. The boat was the right size and no matter where on the boat you were situated, it was great for viewing. Not too...More

Thank MTB_city
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose the "Discover The Bay" cruise and couldn't rate Explore, their crew or this trip more highly. We were very fortunate with the weather. We spent time amongst a large pod of dolphins, visited beautiful islands, made it out to Cape Brett, the Hole...More

Thank karensmith2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip will show you th met iconic places in Bay of Islands. You will (most likely) see dolphins! Explorer provides you with a decent lunch (so don't eat before hand!). Pricey, but worth it!

Thank HaukeRabauke
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked the Swim with Dolphins trip understanding there were no guarantees. We saw 1 bottle nosed dolphin but were not permitted to swim with a solitary dolphin. But, it played around in the surrounding waters then raced our boat, which was amazing! The scenery around...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were greeted by a very energetic team and given the run down on what would be happening on our trip. Unfortunately the weather wasn't being kind so the hole in the rock was off the cards but instead we had the opportunity to explore...More

Thank rushing-man
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the second we got on to the boat, warmly greeted by Captain (he'd prefer Admiral) Andy and his crew, we knew this would be a great trip. The Explore boat is the fastest cruise ship in the Bay of Islands, and after a few...More

Thank davidjdoherty00
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Davidjdoherty00. I couldn't help but burst into laughter reading your review! Admiral Andy and his puns never cease to amaze us! Andy is a skipper who is sure to give all his passengers the best time in the Bay! We are glad you got...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose the explore group since we got an amazing deal on grabone for the twin tour i.e. dune rider and discover the bay cruise. To start off the guides on both tours did an amazing job. They kept us entertained and had good knowledge...More

Thank arnold1aaron
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Arnold1arron. Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear how your journey, we aim for holding the highest standards in delivering the best UNIQUE EXPERIENCES in AMAZING PLACES! We wish you well on the rest of your travels. Kind Regards, The Team...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

See all the magical sites in one go! This trip was just perfect with Miss 8, she loved the boat the islands and we were lucky enough to see two pods of Orca! So special! The staff were so knowledgeable the lunch was delicious, and...More

Thank Ashleigh S
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive - Bay Of Islands at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ashleigh! Thank you for your awesome review! Love the pics! The Orca are really cool to see, they aren't here all the time so we get super excited when they come to visit the Bay! We are glad you enjoyed the beautiful lunch at...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went out on an Explore boat today with Captain Phil, Marty and Jamaica. Couldn't go to Hole in the Rock due to weather conditions and were offered the option to go another day. Went today and loved every minute! Close up look of many different...More

Thank Jazzb1
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Jazzb1. Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you had a great time! We love to show off this beautiful part of New Zealand! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Kindest Regards, Michael Bay of Islands - Sales Executive.

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Fantastic day out. Our driver Paul was able to allow us to sit back and relax. Promptly picked us up at our accommodation. Times at each location for our small group allowed us enough time to take in the amazing scenery.

Thank Dianne T
ExploreGroup, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Dianne T. Thank you for your review on your journey north! Paul is a great guide/driver with many years experience and a huge amount of passion for this beautiful place. Kind Regards, Michael Explore - Bay of Islands

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26 September 2016|
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.
13 February 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
28 October 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.