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Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

Slip through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' in New Zealand’s Northland during this half-day Bay of Islands cruise by high-speed catamaran. Pass rocky outcrops, sandy beaches and an array of islands as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and Motu Kokako Island. Keep an eye our for Dolphins and other marine and birdlife.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Full-day Bay of Islands, Hole in the Rock and Dolphin Cruise Tour from Auckland

The Bay of Islands is one of the highlights of New Zealand’s North Island and a cruise is the ideal way to soak up the scenery. On this full-day tour from Auckland, set sail on a dolphin-watching cruise from Paihia, see the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and glide beneath the Hole in the Rock.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo

Cruise around the scenic bays of Lake Taupo and admire the Maori Rock Carvings during this 1.5-hour boat tour. Aboard the boat, listen to informative commentary about the ecology, volcanology and cultural history of the area. Admire the impressive views of the snowy mountain tops of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo's picturesque shores. See the Maori Rock Carvings depicting the legends of the local Tuwharetoa tribe. Choose from morning departure (includes tea) or afternoon departure (includes a fishing demonstration).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

Enjoy unobstructed views of the Remarkables and the Southern Alps during a catamaran cruise on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Head to the western shore, stopping at Bob’s Cove to soak up the views from New Zealand's longest lake. Listen to the captain’s entertaining commentary about the natural landmarks and wildlife as you relax indoors or on the outdoor decks. You have a selection of morning and afternoon cruises to choose from.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a three-deck vessel. This sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders take you past vivid waterfalls to frolicking dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.
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  • 90 to 720 minutes
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  • 90 to 720 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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Hole in the Rock Bay of Islands cruise

Meet your guide at the Maritime Building in Paihia or The Strand Wharf in Russell to start your 3-hour Bay of Islands cruise. Soaking up the varied landscape of some 144 islands, you'll make your way out to the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse and before visiting the famous Cape Brett Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island. Listen as your experienced crew share local history and ecology via an informative commentary , keep your eyes peeled for marine and bird life as you cruise through and past many of the 144 islands that make up the Bay of IslandsDon't want the journey to end? Hop off in Russell or Paihia after your cruise for more exploring before using your complimentary Russell/Paihia ferry ticket to get back.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group Milford Sound Day Trip and Cruise from Te Anau

Escape the crowds of Milford Sound as you cruise through the popular glacier-carved fjord on a full-day excursion, round-trip from Te Anau. The 1.5-hour Milford Sound morning boat trip glides past stunning sights like Mitre Peak, situated in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. En route, stop for short walks at scenic spots like Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. Enjoy small-group transport by mini-coach, limited to 33 people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide. Includes lunch plus hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise

The best experience in Marlborough. This tour offers an amazing, fully-guided experience wildlife. A small-group tour to view some of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and wildlife. Visit Motuara Island and cruise the calm waters of the majestic Queen Charlotte Sound. Water, wilderness and wildlife. You will have the opportunity to see multiple species of wildlife, including rare sea birds, marine mammals and endangered land birds. Led by enthusiastic and fun Guides, you will be given the possibility of viewing five different species of dolphins, little blue penguins, seals, seabirds and land birds. Enjoy the only daily service fully-guided walk on Motuara Island, seeing and hearing the amazing bird life where Captain Cook planted the first flag and claimed New Zealand.The view is spectacular from the lookout all the way to the North Island. On the return enjoy complimentarily hot drinks and chocolate biscuits and in the afternoon tour local wine and muscles. The Ultimate Cruise.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

Search for rare seabirds and several species of marine mammals, such as Hector's, bottlenose and dusky dolphins along with New Zealand fur seals, during a 4-hour sightseeing cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Cruise to Queen Charlotte Sound and take a nature walk on Motuara Island, where a predator-free landscape allows for plentiful birdlife. Listen to commentary from enthusiastic marine biologists, and treat yourself to tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton

Slip into Marlborough Sounds for a swim alongside pods of wild dolphins, with certified guides to help find the dolphins and ensure the tour is dolphin-friendly. Watch for dusky, bottlenose, common, orca, and Hector’s dolphins, and if conditions allow, you’ll have the chance to view the dolphins from inside the water. This dolphin tour includes wetsuits with hoods and booties, as well as hot drinks on board the boat, and round-trip transport from the Picton waterfront.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours

The Cream Trip, Day in the Bay

Follow the century-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies throughout the Bay of Islands — called a ‘cream trip’ — on this full-day cruise by catamaran from Paihia or Russell. See the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett, spend time on one of many Islands that maker up the Bay of Islands, and search the waters for whales, seals and other marine life. On board the multi-level vessel, an informative crew points out natural landmarks, local homes and secluded bays. Enjoy time to stroll on a local island or relax on the beach.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Hole in the Rock Cruise & Waitangi Day tour from Auckland

Experience the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands on a full-day tour that includes the Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock.’ Departing Auckland, enjoy a coach ride through New Zealand’s Northland to the Waitangi Treaty House. Then board a high-speed catamaran to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off with an optional picnic lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Captain Cook and Dolphin Cruise

Set anchor at Ship Cove, a sheltered bay of Queen Charlotte Sound where Captain James Cook landed in the late 1700s. During this half-day nature cruise in the Marlborough Sounds, enthusiastic marine biologists point out wildlife including New Zealand fur seals and several species of dolphins: Hector's, bottlenose and dusky. Spot rare seabirds and learn about the history between Cook and the Maori people of Aotearoa while you’re treated to refreshments on board.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Premium Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Coach Tour from Queenstown

Cruise the spectacular waters of Milford Sound, passing colonies of fur seals, tumbling waterfalls, and soaring cliffs. You’ll explore on a boat whose viewing decks and glassed-in cabins are ideal for sightseeing in any weather, traveling all the way from Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Make your own way to Milford Sound, or opt for round-trip transport from Queenstown by glass-roofed coach, with sightseeing, short hikes, and narration along the way.
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  • 90 to 720 minutes
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  • 90 to 720 minutes
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17-Day Kiwi Explorer

Make this most of your time in New Zealand with this small group tour, which winds through some of the best spots on both islands. From the museums of Wellington to the magnificent Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand has surprises both cultural and natural. This tour allows you to see some of the best spots in New Zealand, traveling in coaches and staying in a range of quality accommodation.
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  • 17 days
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  • 17 days

Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch

Combine some of Marlborough's classic activities on this full-day tour: cruising on Queen Charlotte Sound and tasting some of the area's world-renowned wines. Spend the morning out cruising aboard a catamaran, then go ashore to a winery for lunch and wine tasting. Continue the afternoon with more winery visits and tastings.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

Benefit from the wildlife-spotting skills of marine biologists on this small-group ecotour from the Picton waterfront. You’ll cruise to Motuara Island, a bird sanctuary in the Marlborough Sounds, and search the sheltered waters for wild dolphins along the way. See rare seabirds, marine mammals, and endangered land birds protected in their natural environment.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Whale Watching ,History and Wildlife Cruise

No Seasickness GuaranteePerano Whaling StationNZ’s Only Marine Mammal SanctuaryLearn How to Spot Whales with BinocularsNZ Fur Seals and Dolphins PossibleAlbatross and SeabirdsComplimentary Hot Drinks, BiscuitsComplimentary Local Wine and Local MusselsFully Guided by Experienced ExpertsWildlife Cruise with many species Viewed
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Kaikoura Day Tour Including Whale Watching

An excellent choice for nature and animal enthusiasts, this full-day tour is packed with outdoor adventures. Drive from Christchurch through the wine-growing region of Waipara. Destination: Kaikoura, a coastal town known for its abundant wildlife and scenic views. Take a guided tour of the town, go on a whale watching excursion, check out the local fur seal colony, and more.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours


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