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Bay of Islands Day Tour with Dolphin Watching Cruise

Product ID: 72444
Travel to the Bay of Islands, a stunning marine playground, and cruise its sheltered waters in search of dolphins, whales and other sea life. Soak up some spectacular scenery along the way.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, Japanese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Travel to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'
  • Take part in the Bay of Islands dolphin watching cruise
  • Informative commentary
  • Return coach travel from Auckland
  • Licensed by the Department of Conservation
  • See spectacular scenery
Full description
Starting in Auckland, travel north in an air-conditioned deluxe coach on this Bay of Islands day tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy the informative commentary as you cross the iconic Harbour Bridge, and soak up New Zealand's spectacular scenery of rural countryside and sub-tropical bush en route to the beautiful Bay of Islands.

After arriving in Paihia, you'll board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built catamaran licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin and whale viewing. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as you cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life, as experienced local skippers get you up close to the action.

Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Admire the rock walls towering above you as the skipper navigates right through the narrow space (conditions permitting), before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.
  • Return coach travel from Auckland Bay of Islands dolphin watching cruise
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch is not included, but can be arranged

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Know before you go
• Complimentary pick-up and drop off service is provided from selected inner city hotels. Please contact the Tour Operator for pick-up times
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3 / 5
  • Organization
    3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
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I booked this tour as a 45th birthday present to myself while on a work trip to Auckland. It was a very early start to my one day off. The coach was nice and comfortable and the driver, Kenny, was cheeky and cheerful and provided lots of interesting information about landmarks on the long drive north to the Bay of Islands, but I was really looking forward to seeing dolphins in their natural habitat! The only problem is...we didn't see any dolphins. Not one. Of course, once on the boat we were informed that due to some issue with licensing, we could not go to where the bottle nosed dolphins are so there was a 'possibility' that we could see other types - we didn't. None. I was extremely disappointed and feel a bit like I wasted my money and feel it could have been better spent doing something a little more interesting than just looking at islands. Driving through the Hole in the Rock was fun, though. Be aware - if you're going for dolphins, you may end up being disappointed.

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September 2, 2019

Driver carried on a conversation with tourist siting In The front with him for the entire 6 h of driving. Not so fun for the rest of us in the small vehicle. Driver was a source of much interesting information on the first part of the trip. To be fair I’m not sure hw I would have handled the passengers constant conversation. But for me it was too much.

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July 25, 2018

January 21, 2020

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GreatSights New Zealand

Product ID: 72444