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  1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Plenty Region
  3. Tauranga

Bay of Plenty Full-Day Island & Wildlife Cruise

Product ID: 107629
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Enjoy an amazing full-day wildlife and adventure experience in the Bay of Plenty departing from Tauranga. See seasonal marine wildlife, enjoy use of water sports equipment and relax on board a comfortable cruising vessel.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a full-day wildlife and adventure experience in the Bay of Plenty
  • Explore surrounding islands and see seasonal marine wildlife
  • Enjoy water sport activities such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and swimming
  • Relax with a beverage from the bar onboard
  • Listen to onboard commentary to learn about the Bay and local marine wildlife
Full description
Take on the premier wildlife and adventure experience in the beautiful Bay of Plenty! Departing from the waterfront at 8 am, jump onboard and let the adventure begin.

Starting in the Tauranga Harbour, watch the city around you while your Captain provides you with fascinating commentary on the history, geography and culture of the area. With an extraordinary knowledge of marine wildlife, the Captain will personally share with you everything they observe. Books and references are also available on board to enhance your experience.

You will explore the aquatic world of seasonal marine wildlife; dolphins, seals, penguins, fish, and occasional whale encounters. The regular dolphin encounters can range from a few animals to hundreds. The Captain will stop and spend time with these mammals whenever they are spotted. 

You can choose to explore even more at the islands; Matakana Island, Karewa Island and Motiti Island. Astrolabe Reef and Okapauru Reef are other fascinating hot spots to check out, here you have the chance to do optional activities including swimming, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boarding. You are welcome to bring your own snorkelling gear to explore the reefs. 

There is a licensed bar on board should you wish to purchase refreshments throughout the tour, a great way to celebrate your experience on the way home!

With an 8:00 am departure, the cruise normally takes between 6 and 8 hours. Variations are due to the seasonal variations between summer and winter, daylight saving, clients commitment to time, sea conditions, weather, time spent with dolphins or other marine life as encountered.
  • 6 to 8-hour cruise on a comfortable cruising vessel with a large open sun-deck and 360-degree views
  • Experienced Captain and professional crew
  • Live informative commentary
  • Books and resources onboard
  • Bathroom onboard
  • Communal barbeque onboard
  • Paddleboard and kayak use
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch & drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The Strand Wharf, Tauranga City (across the road from Starbucks Cafe)

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Winter clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Know before you go
The tour is dependent on sea and weather conditions.

Feel free to bring swimming gear during summer and wetsuits and snorkelling gear if you are proficient.
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Product ID: 107629