An enjoyable experience - excellent trip!
An enjoyable experience - excellent trip!
Very nice tour whats make a beatifull day.
Very over priced for what was provided. It takes you around some of the islands and provides competent and informative information of the history and features etc. We didn't go through the 'Hole in the Rock' and I don't believe this boat ever does due to the high danger of ship wreck. The ocean would have to be dead flat calm to venture any where near the hole entrance as there is only a metre or so clearance so don't expect anything other than a view outside. They could and should have provided at least Free tea/coffee or water but didn't.
Great boat and staff explaining the area and sea life. We were able to see dolphins on our tour, but no whales (even though there was an Orca apparently in the area). We took the tour in September. I suggest getting there early to line up to get a seat on the outer seats of the top deck. Those are the best seats for taking pictures. Beautiful area for a boat cruise!
The weather forecast for late May was grim, but we had some sunshine and our Maori boat captain kept us thoroughly entertained on this tour through some extraordinary islands.
It was a wonderful day. We did not do the sand boarding but had fun watching others. Certainly a great day out and did not seem to be an especially long day. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
All I can say is what a great trip. Saw fur seals and a pod of dolphins with their young. It was calm enough for us to travel through the hole in the rock and to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Hopped off in Russell which was a beautiful small town that at one point was the islands' capital. A must do adventure.
On March 29, 2013 our cruise ship arrived at the Paihia Wharf. After taking the ferry to Russell Wharf, we boarded the R. Tucker Thompson for a wonderful day. The morning started out cool so the scones with strawberry jam along with tea or coffee was a welcome treat. Those who wanted to be involved raised and lowered the sails and took the helm to steer the ship. After taking a dinghy to one of the islands, we returned to the aroma of BBQ. One of the hands on board had made BBQ chicken, potato salad, and a green salad, which was served with some delicious bread. Liquid refreshment was available for purchase. There was opportunity to climb the mast (tethered of course) and swim if we desired. I booked my trip through Viator and not only enjoyed my cruise, but realized it benefited a not -for-profit trust that takes young people on a weeks sailing voyage, which helps them develop confidence, leadership and teamwork. A great time and the opportunity to help others. What more could you ask....and reasonable too?
Great tour. Loved going through the whole in the rock and being lucky enough to see the dolphins.
Beautiful and informative trip. I loved seeing the dolphins as well!
Great trip, despite the weather, which prevented us from swimming with the dolphins although we did get to see them. Beautiful scenery and really well-informed crew. Fantastic way to see the Bay of Islands.
Was very good. Enjoyed it a lot. The captain was very knowledgable and the sights were beautiful
We loved it! Great experience with a wonderfully happy and helpful crew. They love their jobs and it shows. The captain smiled when we boarded and that smile was on his face the entire time. An obviously happy man who loves to sail! He encouraged any of the passengers who wanted to take the helm, to do so - including two young boys who had the time of their lives. The BBQ chicken lunch was very good and plentiful. This trip included ages from 8 to 72 and all enjoyed it. The 20-something young people climbed the mast and swinging from a rope, jumped into the water from the side of the ship (not the mast!). This day turned out to be the highlight of our South Pacific trip.
We had a great cruise. The pilot was excellent in explaining the history of each island as we headed to the "Hole in the Rock". He had a great sense of humor and he was speaking distinctly over the intercom. The weather was sunny and warm and we had a number of great photo ops. The sea was a bit too rough to navigate through the hole but we were able to get very close to it for photos. A great value compared to what we would have had to pay if we had booked a similar cruise through our cruise liner.
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