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Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises

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Address: 14 Esplanade | Whitianga wharf, The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, 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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Excellent cruise experience

We showed up at Whitianga planning to do the glass bottom boat tour, since we wanted to see some marine life but none of us fancied the thought of snorkelling in cold springtime... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Martini L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We showed up at Whitianga planning to do the glass bottom boat tour, since we wanted to see some marine life but none of us fancied the thought of snorkelling in cold springtime water. Unfortunately, the cruise was booked by the time we showed up, and they were sent us to the i-Site office to fend for ourselves. The nice... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked this tour at the last minute for our family of two adults and two year old twins. Hubby had a bad knee and couldn't do the hike to Cathedral Cove so I was grateful to be able to book a spot on the tour. Ken was a great guide and super friendly. The experience was fantastic! Our kids... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a wonderful boat trip this morning with Ken. As we are 2 families of four, we had the entire boat to ourselves. It was really a special and private tour at a reasonable cost. Ken was knowledgeable in the area, and it was our luck to catch a glimpse of 3 Orca whales too. Thanks to Ken who was... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me , my wife and two kids board the boat early at 7:30 AM, it was windy but nice weather. The boat ride was very comfy. Ken and his wife were very friendly and we spent an excellent time together during the trip. They were very informative and told us some amazing facts. The sea was beautiful and cliffs were... More 

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

Thanks for the review. We have had some special days recently and Cathedral cove and the surrounds has been spectacular. Glad you enjoyed the tour Ken More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cruise was amazing, Ken and his crew were very informative with history about the places we visited and were so friendly and quite the comedians. Was a great experience for my family who visited Coromandel for the first time. Was a bit cold for snorkeling but that didn't stop us. the kids loved swimming with the fishes. We also... More 

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

Cheers for the review Graham and I had a blast with you and your family. We love the charters with large family groups. Glad granddad loved it he is not our record holder though. he is a youngster compared to the 96 year old who holds the age record. Thanks again Ken More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We randomly booked this tour and for $85.00 per adult this is definitely worth doing. The tour guides we very informative about the history of everything. The caves that they take you were amazing, however it was too cold for snorkeling but I'm sure in summertime it will be good. We did spot a seal and penguin that day so... More 

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

Thanks for the review. Yes that seal has been great now we are hoping for some other unique wild life. The caves are awesome Orua is my favourite place in the tour and I reckon surpasses Cathedral Cove as the sight to see here. Safe travels Ken More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous scenic hike. Wear comfy walking shoes or if you like to walk free on the beach, bring thongs. Lots of spots for pictures and rather breath taking

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

I think you have reviewed the wrong trip. We are a boat tour that cruises to Cathedral Cove. It sound like you did the walk. Thanks for the review anyway Ken More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Visiting the coromandel area during the beginning of spring brings unpredictable weather. Luckily we had arranged early with Ken and he was great! Letting him know we had a fairly flexible schedule, he was able to arrange his bookings for the day in order to get all of us out on the water of a very enjoyable ride while avoiding... More 

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

Thanks great review. I do remember that day we had showers of rain scattered around the bay and managed to squeeze the whole trip in and only got wet when were were back on the wharf. Turned out a pretty good trip considering the weather. I always say its best to ask the locals for the weather forecasts some of... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Ken and absolutely fantastic boat were a fantastic way to do a whirlwind tour of the east cost of the Coromandel. The tour was affordable (which really won us over to begin with) and then the friendly service &epic experience just topped off the whole experience.

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

Thanks for the review, yes the 2 1/2 hours does seem to go like a whirlwind. There is so much to take in, caves fish, Cathedral Cove and amazing geology. The time disappears really fast that's why we always recommend the longer tour if you have time More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We went on the 2/2.5h scenic cruise which was indeed very scenic and not to be missed. We even went snorkeling. Snorkels and mask were provided for free but we did rent wet suits before coming on board so we could stay longer in the cold water. Our guide Ken was very nice and we had a lot of fun... More 

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

Thanks Nina Yes mid winter snorkelling is a bit chilly wet suits are a must. The advantage in winter is amazing water clarity and lots of fish. From memory you had the look inside blowhole cave not something we can do every time but worth requesting for those wanting a look. Ken More 

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