Water activity

From Tauranga: Half-Day Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise

4.6 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Bay Explorer
Water activity

From Tauranga: Half-Day Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise

Activity provider: Bay Explorer
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From US$ 105.77 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy an amazing half-day cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands. Departing from Tauranga, you'll see seasonal marine wildlife such as dolphins, seals, whales while relaxing on board a comfortable cruising vessel.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Enjoy a half-day wildlife and adventure experience in the Bay of Plenty
  • See some of the best marine diversity in New Zealand
  • Sip a cold beverage from the onboard bar with regional wines, locally brewed beer, and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Listen to the captain's commentary and learn about the local marine wildlife and Bay of Plenty area
  • Take some amazing photographs
Full description
Meet at the Tauranga waterfront jetty and board your vessel. Relax as you leave the city behind and spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca, and even turtles. Passenger numbers are limited for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. The large spacious boat is also ideal for families. The Captain and experienced crew will be more than happy to share their marine knowledge with you and will provide fascinating commentary and point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing. You can also enjoy a drink from the onboard bar as you relax and soak up the sun. Don’t forget your camera as you are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographers dream for those once in a lifetime snaps. You will return to Tauranga by 2:00, giving you the rest of the day to explore this beautiful region, the Bay of Plenty, or continue your travels.
  • 4 to 5 hour cruise on a comfortable cruising vessel with a large open sun-deck & 360° views
  • An experienced captain and friendly, professional crew
  • Live informative commentary
  • Onboard books and resources
  • Onboard bathroom
  • Onboard communal BBQ
  • Lunch and drinks

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Meeting point

The Strand Wharf, Tauranga City, across the road from Starbucks Cafe. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Allow time for traffic and parking (available off Dive Crescent).

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Know before you go

  •  Please note, this tour departs at 9 am, and normally takes between 4 and 5 hours. Variations are due to seasonal weather conditions, daylight savings time, client's time commitments, sea conditions, weather, and time spent with dolphins or other marine life.
  • Please bring bottled water, a warm jacket and/or layered clothes, an Eftpos card or cash (in order to buy drinks and snacks from the bar), your own lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera, binoculars.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 14 reviews

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Great staff and a nice boat made for a delightful cruise. We got close to dolphin and got to spend about 30 minutes watching them swill along the bow of the boat and putting on quite show for us. I feel like this trip was about an hour too long, everyone looked ready to be done after 4 hours.

March 4, 2023

Es war einfach ein wunderbarer Tag! Sonne, das Meer war spiegelglatt, und schon kurz nachdem wir den Hafen verlassen hatten, begegneten wir Delfinen. Und zwar nicht nur zwei oder drei, sondern Dutzenden! Außerdem waren Skipper Brandon und seine Crew extrem nett und erklärten uns viel über das Leben der Delfine und anderer Meeressäuger sowie der Meeresvögel. Hat sich absolut gelohnt!

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November 22, 2019

December 7, 2022

Product ID: 239552