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Whitianga: Cathedral Cove 2 Hour Boat Cruise

4.9 / 5

78 reviews

Whitianga: Cathedral Cove 2 Hour Boat Cruise

From US$ 64.57 per person

Explore 12 km of rugged volcanic coastline in Mercury Bay, visiting nearby islands and stunning beaches including Lonely Bay, Cooks Beach, and the spectacular Cathedral Cove. Admire the bay’s towering pinnacles, giant blowholes, and huge sea caves.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Cruise to the world-famous Cathedral Cove
  • Listen to entertaining live commentary from your local guide
  • Explore the coastline and see giant blowholes, pinnacles and huge sea caves
  • Keep a lookout for dolphins, whales or orcas
Full description
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.
  • 2-hour scenic cruise
  • Cathedral Cove viewing
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Meeting point

All tours depart from the Whitianga Wharf, Esplanade - 14 Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand - Be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • Pickup can be arranged from the Ferry Landing Wharf by request
  • Make sure you bring refreshments, a warm jacket, camera/binoculars, sunhat and sunscreen
  • Be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure
  • If you plan on swimming or snorkelling wear your swimwear under your clothing and bring a towel
  • To give you maximum time in the water we discourage the use of wetsuits
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 78 reviews

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Fantastic boat trip, the guide was very knowledgeable, no need to go on the opposition's boat (glass boat) as the water is so clear in the reserve marina you look over the side and can see the fish! The boat trip was worth every cent and more. Would highly recommend.

May 3, 2021

Justin at the helm was knowledgable friendly supportive and the ultimate professional. He handled all the passengers and their various questions and needs brilliantly. Perfect tour to do ... see the sights ... hear the history .... feed the fish ... then swim and snorkel with them. Justin was bread and born on this coast and will share his boy to man story’s with you of his adventures. I think he might be a merman

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February 4, 2021

This was the absolute highlight of our weekend in the Coromandel! Cannot recommend Ocean Leopard Tours more highly! Awesome boat and Justin was a superb Captain – helpful and got us to see and experience some breathtaking features. We did this on a whim, but this would be fully worth it just driving up form Auckland, doing this tour and driving back! You would feel that you've had a great two day adventure crammed into two hours.

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December 20, 2020

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