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An amazing experience. It's costly, sure, but well worth it. The area is beautiful and to get a chance to see it from above is too good to miss. The pilot provided an interesting commentary on the history and landmarks there and back to the hole in the rock, and even pointed out a huge shoal of fish for us. There are plenty of photo opportunities so make sure your batteries are charged up- you won't want to miss a moment of this magical trip.
The crew were great. They looked after us really well and the captain gave an excellent commentary on all the sights we saw. Two highlights were actually traveling through the Hole in the Rock after the captain made sure it was safe to do so, and stopping off on one of the islands in the bay that had a short but strenuous walk to the top of a hill with 360 degree views around the bay. There were a lot of tourists on our trip so there were limited spaces on deck to get the best views, but otherwise it was great.
Wonderful experiences everywhere we went. Definitely worth the price. The crew were very friendly and punctual. Would recommend it to anyone.
Excellent way to view the bay of islands. Staff were very friendly and professional, went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience.
Even though the weather was not great, this was an excellent afternoon on a very comfortable boat and many great photografic opportunities of both wildlife and landscapes.
In theory, the tours were great- but.. After pick up from our hotel, we were instructed to walk up three blocks with our luggage to meet our connecting bus as it's faster. We assumed the pick up time would be reliant upon us getting transported the whole way despite saving time for the driver. Our driver had no idea who was looking after our itinerary after we arrived. Finally his company called another company and found that they were responsible for the next two days. Eventually our luggage was delivered to our hotel but they delivered the wrong bags.
Doing what: 3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland
I loved all the things we got to see and do. The only fall back is that most tours and trips did not come with food (which is fine) and did not leave enough time to get your own and started before hotel breakfast was available
Beautiful and very informative tour. Would highly recommend the tour especially if you only have a short time to visit the area.
very organized. packed with value. Great hotels. Clean buses well maintained with WIPI. . courteous bus drviers. Best land tour we have had.
Great fun. Didn and #39;t get to hole in the rock due to weather but still worth it.
We had bad weather on the cruise and the captain didn't think we could make it to the Hole in the Rock but tried for about 20 minutes anyways before giving up. Wish that time had been spent on the island stopover or just given back to us at Paihia. Overall, it was just driving around for 4 hours so a bit long.
Great tour - staff on the boat were great. A little confusing where to actually go to get on the boat, get the ticket etc, but worked out ok in the end
Great trip. The captain went out of his normal route to find us a pod of killer whales orcas which we stayed and watched for about an hour. The experience was great being so close to these majestic mammals. The rest of the trip was great with the captain giving us a running commentary the whole way round. Well worth the money
Doing what: Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip
The cruise was excellent and we enjoyed it very much. Waves were high so boat could not go through hole in rock. Stop at little island on way back was beautiful
When we boarded the vessel to take us to the hole in the rock we were warned by our female skipper that it would be rough out there and it was doubtful whether we would be able to go through the hole. We were also told we could get off if we were worried about seasickness. On reflection I should have got off but I really wanted to see the hole. Sadly I was poorly on board and missed quite alot, however, our skipper was excellent in handling the boat in such difficult seas. I think it would have to be a mill pond before I would attempt the trip again. Thankfully my husband was fine and managed to get some nice photos. Be guided by the skipper and if she says it is going to be rough and you suffer from seasickness then you should most definitely get off the boat
In a word 'fantastic'.
Will worth the trip.
The pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. A great experience.
It was absolutely wonderful even though we couldn't go through the hole because of the currents. We were lucky enough to have a wonderful sunny day. The captain was terrific - warm and informative and she found dolphins for us which was an absolute highlight!! I had 3 friends from overseas and they thought the whole experience was magical - one from the USA had wanted to come to the Bay of Islands for many years and she was totally bowled over. Thanks for a lovely experience.
Wonderful ,informative, beautiful and a relaxing day trip. Saw some much the Bay of Islands
We had a perfect morning for this cruise, with blue skies and little breeze, so the Bay was calm, except for a few swells out near the rock, which is pretty much in the Pacific Ocean! We saw dolphins and spent maybe 20 minutes near them, so everyone could get pictures. Because the tide was high and there were some strong, predictable currents, our captain decided it was best not to go through the hole in the rock, which was only wise. however, we got great picks. On the way back we had a stop-over and walk on another island, which was just beautiful and we stayed at Russell for lunch, and took the complimentary ferry trip back to Paihia later in the day. Great trip!
The cruise was very good, but the weather was not. We were given the option to cancel, but I don't think the warning was strong enough.
If there were more stars they would get them all! Fabulous cruise.
Our captain actually drove through the hole in the rock...amazing! A 'must-do'!
This trip was very good and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
I would highly recommend this trip.
Fully recommend this trip. When we went out the captain Billy told us that he was going off schedule because he had been told of a pod of killer whales in the area he wanted to find for us. He duly found them and the experience was amazing Billy seemed to be able to play with them and encourage them closer to the boat. Went through hole in wall in quite a swell which showed the captain's skill
Doing what: Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip
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