Water activity

Whitianga: Cathedral Cove, Small Caves & Snorkel Boat Trip

4.8 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider:Cave Cruzer Boat Tours
Water activity

Whitianga: Cathedral Cove, Small Caves & Snorkel Boat Trip

Activity provider:Cave Cruzer Boat Tours

From US$ 75.73 per person

Experience white-knuckle thrills, Cathedral Cove, and small caves on this Whitianga boat trip. Enjoy sea views, stunning beaches, volcanic towering pinnacles, blowholes, and get close to sea life.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Embark on an exhilarating boat tour to the world-famous Cathedral Cove
  • Take in spectacular views of volcanic pinnacles and ancient blowholes
  • Admire the bay’s giant blowholes and huge sea caves, get closer to wildlife
  • Explore small caves and hear about the area from your local guide
  • Keep an eye out for marine life and enjoy a spot of snorkeling
Full description

Discover the scenic Cathedral Cove and smaller caves on this boat trip from Whitianga. Experience the thrill of small, hard-to-get-to caves and discover magnificent offshore views. See New Zealand's 2nd largest sea cave, and get up close to aquatic life in the marine reserve. Leaving Whitianga Wharf, stop to view Shakespeare's Cliff, and pass the stunning Lonely before exploring inside Cooks Beach Blowhole and gazing out through the top. Be amazed at the panoramic scenery at Cathedral Cove. Head south, getting close along the coastline in and out of bays, caves, and blowholes. Take in the mesmerizing volcanic landscape of towering pinnacles and rock sculptures.

Marvel at the size of New Zealand's 2nd largest sea cave "Orua" before visiting offshore islands with more caves. Have the option to snorkel and witness sea life in the marine reserve before heading back to Whitianga.

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your skipper at the Cave Cruzer boat at the Whitianga Wharf, opposite #13 The Esplanade, Whitianga.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Everyone must be ok with high-speed maneuvers and possible jarring associated with fast boats
  • Not suitable for children under 10kgs (22lbs)
  • Lap sitting is not possible

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 18 reviews

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This is a must do!!!! Brian was an awesome guide and really makes this trip with his knowledge of the area, boating skills and just a great fun guy. In the words of my husband, Brian knows his stuff!!!! Can't write the other one he said lol. I'm was a bit apprehensive about weather I would be scared going fast on the boat but Brian's skills with the boat totally eased any fear. I was really enjoying the fast ride. I wasn't even bothered that we got rained on. The trip was a definite highlight for everyone in my family that's for sure.

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April 12, 2023

What an amazing experience! Brian the tour guide is so knowledgeable, funny and made sure we had the best trip. We all got turns to sit at the front of the boat, we stopped to jump of rocks straight into the ocean and he also played some great music within the cave to showcase the audio. Everyone was so happy with the tour, worth every penny!!! Thank you Brian

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March 16, 2023

Best Tour ever!! Brian (the guide) is super friendly and gave us a lot of information about different bays, but made it interesting. He makes sure, everyone has a good view. To sit in the boot itself is just amazing and a lot of fun. You get into a a lot of caves and blowholes where other guides don’t drive in, so highly recommended!!!

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March 15, 2023

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