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Whitianga: Cathedral Cove 2 Hour Boat Cruise

1. 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.

Whitianga: Cathedral Cove, Small Caves & Snorkel Boat Trip

2. Whitianga: Cathedral Cove, Small Caves & Snorkel Boat Trip

Set sail aboard the only boat trip to Cathedral Cove and beyond. Experience the thrill of small cave adventures where others can't take you. Discover magnificent views, see New Zealand's 2nd largest sea cave, and get up close to aquatic life in the marine reserve. Leaving Whitianga Wharf, stop to view Shakespeare's Cliff then, pass the stunning Lonely before exploring inside Cooks Beach Blowhole and gazing out through the top. Be amazed at the panoramic scenery at Cathedral Cove. Head south getting close in along the coastline in and out of bays, caves, and blowholes. Take in the mesmerizing volcanic landscape of towering pinnacles and rock sculptures. Marvel at the size of New Zealand's 2nd largest sea cave "Orua" before visiting offshore islands with more caves. Have the option to snorkel and witness sea life in the marine reserve before heading back to Whitianga.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 147 reviews

I booked this tour after realizing I wasn't up to walking the distance to the Cathedral Cove from Hahei. I enjoyed myself and I got to see more of the coastline and the caves. I saw wildlife such as seal, penguin, colourful big fishes lazily swimming and seabirds. It was an informative tour on a comfortable padded seat despite the "four seasons in one day" weather. Do wear a windjacket or a sweater - it does get windy out there.

Awesome trip out into the islands, and down to Hahei beach via Cathedral cove. Jack out captain knew his stuff and kept us entertained. Had loads of fun despite the wind and trip cut short (with some refund) Highly recomend and would do again.

Our teenagers loved the thrill of the boat ride and we really enjoyed seeing all the caves around the bay. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip fun.

Hi, overall our personal experience was great we loved it and enjoyed a lot… ⭐️ ✨

Pity the 2 hour cruise was cut back to 1 hour. The sea was a bit too rough.