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Hahei Explorer Cathedral Cove Boat Tour

South End of Hahei Beach, Hahei 3591, New Zealand
+64 7-866 3910
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Exhilaration and Beauty

Tom's sixty minute tour of the Cathedral Cove area was action packed and absolutely gobsmackingly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
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Mark Gilchrist

Excellent experience with our friends fantastic way to see one of the best and most protected piece... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mark G
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See all the highlights of this spectacular volcanic coastline in one hour including, two film locations from the 2nd Narnia movie Prince Caspian and world famous CATHEDRAL COVE. Explore spectacular sea caves and if dolphins take time out of their busy schedules to visit us in the bay, we have a marine mammal watch permit.When the tide is right you will visit an awesome blowhole and venture into a sea cave 80 feet high. Truly a magical place!
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
South End of Hahei Beach, Hahei 3591, New Zealand
+64 7-866 3910
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tom's sixty minute tour of the Cathedral Cove area was action packed and absolutely gobsmackingly beautiful.Despite being the middle of Winter and a rainy day, we got to see sea caves and cliffs fashioned by gargantuan Pacific waves.We saw shoals of massive Snapper and a...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent experience with our friends fantastic way to see one of the best and most protected piece of coastlines in the world.Our host Tom and guide Quentin were amazing and very informative while making us feel very safe.

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Shaun was our boat driver and tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and took us to stunning sea caves, feed fish for us to see and gave us great views of cathedral cove. One of my favorite things from my NZ trip

Thank kditman22
Reviewed 3 June 2017

It absolutely awesome boat trip. My husband was a bit sceptical about buying this one hour boat cruise but at the end he really enjoyed it and liked it. The landscape was amazing, the guide was very knowledgeable funny and friendly. In one hour we...More

Thank Ekaterina P
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Shaun and Tim (we think) were our friendly staff. Shaun agreed to hold the boat for us to get there. But then we had the boat to ourselves. Tim was the skipper was friendly and knew his stuff and gave us a great tour for...More

Thank abseilor
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We decided to take the one hour boat trip instead of walking to cathedral cove and we are so glad we did as we saw so much more. It's an adrenaline trip when they accelerate but when they pull into little caves and blowholes it...More

Thank DIcksi
Reviewed 7 May 2017

A bit far from Auckland, but the drive was superb. Farmlands and mountains keep you entertained. But the best is to arrive Hahei Beach and hop on the Hahei Explorer. For one magnificent hour you will jump the waves getting close to amazing cliffs and...More

Thank gatototo
Reviewed 29 April 2017

This was one of the best boat rides I have ever taken! Beautiful scenery,informative commentary,absolutely brilliant..I'm so glad we went on this excursion,its great for those who can't walk to cathedral cove...and you get to see so much more amazing rock formations,caves and blowholes!1 next...More

Thank RachelandWally
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We have just finished two weeks in NZ and have done some amazing activities but this takes the cake. It combined a thrilling jet boat like ride accross the Ocean which our two boys (8 and 5) absolutely loved, with breath taking scenery of beautiful...More

1  Thank James D
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We (family and friends) have traveled all the way from Auckland and Back in day's time (12 hours, to be honest) and what day day it was!!! From Hot water beach (where water wasn't actually hot) to Cathedral Cove's distance is not much. But the...More

Thank RaviSoni78
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2 December 2016|
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Response from RobynHarnett | Property representative |
Hi We find the calmest time to travel is the morning tours. We have summer tours at 9am, 10am, and 11am. Also if you come out when the tide is 2.5hours either side of high tide you will get to visit the amazing underground... More
18 February 2015|
Response from SchalkNZ | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The boat is boarded from the beach, but it is all pretty straightforward.