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  • Whitianga: 2-Hour Scenic Glass Bottom Boat Tour

    1. Whitianga: 2-Hour Scenic Glass Bottom Boat Tour

    Hop onboard this 2-hour guided boat cruise to explore stunning volcanic coastline, the amazing marine life as well as learn more about what you see and the history of the area. Visit Cathedral Cove, sea caves, towering rock formations and more. View an abundance of the marine life through the glass panels throughout your cruise. Meet the crew at the Whitianga Wharf to board the Glass Bottom Boat, then cruise out the harbour and learn about the history of Whitianga and abou Captain Cook's arrival. Once out the harbour hold onto your hats as the boat speeds up on the way to the stunning Shakespeares Cliff and Cooks Beach Blow hole.  Continue on into the marine reserve to get a first look at Cathedral Cove and to explore the surrounding bays. Enjoy some fantastic marine life viewing through the glass panels such as schools of snapper, reef fish, stingrays, crayfish and more. Learn all abo...

    Mark and Neve were friendly and chatty putting everyone at ease. They knew the area well and had lots of background knowledge to share. It was well worth it. A gorgeous sunny autumn day out on the water seeing everything so clearly from the water that would remain unseen from on land. The glass boat allowed a wonderful view of the fish and sea floor, seeing how much of a pest Kina have become outside the marine sanctuary was an eye opener. Mark did a fantastic job of positioning the boat to allow for great photos. Thanks guys.

  • Whitianga: Cathedral Cove 2 Hour Boat Cruise

    2. Whitianga: Cathedral Cove 2 Hour Boat Cruise

    Based in Whitianga, this scenic boat cruise showcases Mercury Bay’s stunning coastal paradise at its very best. Embark on a 2-hour journey across the rugged volcanic shores of the bay and explore its beautiful beaches including Hahei and Lonely Bay. The highlight of the tour is the world-famous Cathedral Cove at Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve. The site has a rich Maori heritage, attracts around 150,000 visitors per year, and was used as a filming location for the blockbuster movie Narnia. Sit back and relax as you sail around the bay, and marvel at its stunning natural landscapes that stretch across the peninsula. Along the way, listen to your guide share entertaining live commentary about the bay and the wildlife that lives here. Make sure to keep an eye on the water too, as there's always a chance to see dolphins, whales and orcas in their natural habitat.

    The driver on the boat informed all the travellers on the boat about the area and wild life etc

  • Whitianga: 3-Hour Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove with Swim

    3. Whitianga: 3-Hour Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove with Swim

    Delight in a 3-hour sailing trip from Whitianga and see the iconic sights of Mercury Bay and Cathedral Cove. Lend a hand with the sailing or simply sit back and relax on comfy beanbags and admire the picturesque scenery. Meet your guide in Whitianga just before 9:30 AM and board the Fully Charged, a fully-equipped cruising catamaran. After a short introductory session to the boat's main facilities and safety systems, set sail out to the calm waters of the bay. As you sail, spot the area's most notable sights with the help of your guide before dropping anchor for 30 minutes at Cathedral Cove. Swim or snorkel in the marine reserve with the wonderful sea life, or simply chill out onboard and soak up the scenery. The tour concludes back at the starting point in Whitianga. The morning tour option includes freshly-brewed coffee, chilled organic juice, and a freshly-baked snack. The afternoo...

    This was such a lovely adventure. Friendly crew and we were so relaxed, hanging out on the bean bags and enjoying the magnificent scenery around us. The quick dip and snorkel was so cool, saw the most beautiful fish. And a hot cup of coffee with delicious home made banana bread to top it of...

  • Auckland: Coromandel Geothermal Dip and Dine Scenic Flight

    4. Auckland: Coromandel Geothermal Dip and Dine Scenic Flight

    This extraordinary package includes return flights to Whitianga from Ardmore Airport Auckland, where you will enjoy a 90-minute Geo-Thermal Pool entry and a 1-course meal. Everything will be taken care of from return taxi services from Whitianga Airport to complimentary slippers, robes, and locker rentals. Your experienced pilot will offer expert commentary on all the sights on the ground as you make your way to and from Whitianga. Enjoy this perfect city escape with your loved ones. Take in incredible views from the clouds as you travel to a beautiful paradise where over 16,000-year-old mineral water springs emerge from 667 meters below ground.

  • Whitianga: Scenic Flight on Coromandel Peninsula

    5. Whitianga: Scenic Flight on Coromandel Peninsula

    Discover the Coromandel Peninsula from a unique aerial perspective with a scenic flight over Mercury Bay. Departing from the coastal town of Whitianga, head north to Matarangi, Whangapoua, and New Chums Beach.

    Travel along the coast with stunning views of the Great Mercury Islands, Opito Bay, and Great Barrier in the distance. Fly over white-sand beaches, high clifftops, as well as secluded bays and coves only visible by plane or boat.

    From there, continue down the coast to Hahei and Hot Water Beach. Finally arrive at the critically-acclaimed Cathedral Cove and fly over Cooks Beach before heading back to Whitianga.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 127 reviews

Mark and Neve were friendly and chatty putting everyone at ease. They knew the area well and had lots of background knowledge to share. It was well worth it. A gorgeous sunny autumn day out on the water seeing everything so clearly from the water that would remain unseen from on land. The glass boat allowed a wonderful view of the fish and sea floor, seeing how much of a pest Kina have become outside the marine sanctuary was an eye opener. Mark did a fantastic job of positioning the boat to allow for great photos. Thanks guys.

This was such a lovely adventure. Friendly crew and we were so relaxed, hanging out on the bean bags and enjoying the magnificent scenery around us. The quick dip and snorkel was so cool, saw the most beautiful fish. And a hot cup of coffee with delicious home made banana bread to top it of...

It was so amazing. Justin was so knowledgeable about the area.He gave us so many photo opportunities on the trip. Stunning views. Will definitely do it with te extended family next time. Recommend you absolutely book the trip with Justin...

The driver on the boat informed all the travellers on the boat about the area and wild life etc

Mark was a wonderful guide, so informative and friendly.