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  • Experience the seasonal marine life
  • Take in the serenity of the landscapes and open waters
  • Experienced and informative crew
  • Operates 7 days a week
  • Ample opportunity to see wildlife

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If you're looking for the ultimate day out on the water in the Tauranga region then you can stop looking. This day tour is one of the best experiences in the region and is labelled The Best Day Ever for good reason.

The 8-hour cruise takes you out from Tauranga on board a spacious open air boat complete with a panoramic viewing deck to spend the day on the water. Getting you up close to local wildlife including dolphins, seals, penguins fish and, if you're lucky, whales. An ideal adventure for scenic lovers and a photographer's dream, this cruise is suitable for both children and adults.

You won't spend the whole day on the boat though. You'll get to enjoy a stopover at a local island where you'll be able to swim, paddle board and kayak, with training available for everyone.

Come lunch time you'll be given access to the on board barbeques to cook your own food, so be sure to bring some food to cook up or some ready to eat food to enjoy on the deck. The boat is fitted with a licensed bar, so you'll be able to purchase a cold beer or wine while you cruise around.

The whole day is accompanied by an informative commentary of the region and the animals that live there. The perfect day out on the water, be sure to pack your swimmers, camera and sense of adventure for this full day cruise.

Tours depart at 8am and return to the Strand Tauranga City dock between 2pm and 4pm.

Ample opportunity for scenery and wildlife photography.


  • Full day cruise on our spacious 18-metre vessel with 360° outdoor views
  • Comfortable fully enclosed seating downstairs and a large open sun-deck for wildlife watching
  • Close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife – penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks, turtles and orca
  • Onboard commentary by friendly professional crew and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife
  • Enjoy a mid-day Island stopover at a sheltered cove and kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or swim
  • Water-sport lifejackets and basic training available for all ages


  • BBQ facilities are provided however you will be required to bring your own food and BBQ utensils


  • Cold beer, soft drink and chilled regional wine from the licensed bar
  • Onboard food available at an additional cost or pre-order a lunch box for $24, to be paid directly to the operator
  • Hotel transfers can also be organised directly with the operator at an additional cost


  • Please check-in at 7.30am as departure is sharply 8am
  • Tours return to Tauranga between approximately 2pm-4pm


  • The whole experience is about 6-8 hours


  • The boat departs from Tauranga Waterfront Jetty, 120 The Strand

What To Bring

  • Ocean winds can be chilly throughout all seasons. Please bring along a light jacket in the summer periods. Winter period please dress warmly. Layering your clothing throughout all seasons is recommended. Allowing you the opportunity to layer up or layer down in the duration of the cruise
  • Cash or Eftpos card; Beverages and snacks are available onboard. Please feel free to bring along your own
  • If you plan to cook your own BBQ lunch on board, bring along all required food and utensils. BBQ only is provided
  • Sun protection; Sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (optional). 1x pair of binoculars are onboard

Additional Information

  • Please note, wildlife spotting is not guaranteed and is subject to seasonality and individual charter. Captain and crew will search all they can for wildlife spotting
  • On occasions wildlife may not be witnessed. The crew are experienced and knowledgeable in locating and tracking wildlife
  • Paddle boards and kayaks are included in the tour costs there is limited availability however onboard crew will ensure that everybody who would like to participate gets there time
  • Any passengers with special physical or medical needs, please note your requirements within the additional information box in the booking process
  • Please note passengers with any physical or medical will required to enter the water for the optional water sport activities via an inflatable craft. The preferred method involves stepping from the vessel onto an inflatable boat and then onto a standup paddle board SUP or onto a kayak
  • To get back on board passengers with physical or medical needs, will need to climb up a ladder up the side of the boat
  • This vessel is not wheelchair friendly in its design but can accommodate wheelchairs if we know in advance. Please advise at point of booking

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of the purchase, please contact Trike Tours Melbourne. Contact details will be provided on booking voucher confirmation email
  • Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
Layering your clothing throughout all seasons is recommended, allowing you the opportunity to layer up or layer down in the duration of the cruise.
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300 935 532 enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 2BE1

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