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In addition to the diverse wildlife you might spot from the boat, you can often see stingrays and eagle rays gliding along the Paihia waterfront in the daytime. We recommend heading out early for the option to spend the day on Urupukapuka Island!
The weather on the day made this tour all the more enjoyable...the boat and staff were outstanding with a great itinerary, cliffs, cave and beach landing for a swim or a walk up a peak for spectacular scenery. The crew were formative, casual, respectful and friendly...always a good recipe for a great day out.
Beautiful Scenery in a modern boat - excellent commentary. Very happy.
Geoff M Australia
We really enjoyed this tour.
My neice and I chose this as a independent shore tour on a cruise ship visit for about one third the cost of anything on offer from the ship.
The fast boat was fun might be a bit rock n roll in rough weather and the bays, islands, and rocks were visually stunning..... Only the one cave visit, but the two hours covered a good section of the area.
We enjoyed glimpses of Russell while picking up and dropping of passengers you could take regular ferry to Russell before joining.
A highlight was the visit to Motuarohia island where Captain Cook went ashore and scaled the peak you can too if energetic ..... We chose a quick swim in the gorgeous lagoon.
My only regret is I wish the tour went a little longer to allow more time on Motuarohia
Remember if doing this as a cruise ship shore tour alternative .... It is a Tender Port which makes the early tour8.30am and the afternoon tour 2pm impossible due to the time needed for the tender process. We did the 11am tour.... This allowed time to get an early tender, walk from Waitangi to Paihia shuttles are available , have a look around before the tour.
We had a fabulous weather day.... And of course that turns beautiful into spectacular.
So, somehow we bought tickets for the wrong day. The lady helping us offered a longer trip for the same price. I suspect that we would have enjoyed the 2 hour trip more, but we saw pretty much the whole harbour, plus dolphins 2 species and the Hole in the Rock.
The half day tour is only 3 hours and even on a clear day, we couldn't go inside the cave. That said, the bay is beautiful and you need a boat to seen even half of it. Worth it.
It was great to get out and see the extent of the Islands. The cave was limiting as not very deep but the boat did get into the mouth of the cave. trip left and returned on time.
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