Full Monty

Trip Duration: 2hrs (approx.)
Departure Times: 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4pm (times may vary)
Departure Location: Whitianga Wharf, Esplanade Rd 
Price: $130 Adults, $70 Children (1-14yrs), Children under 1 are FREE,
Family $360 for 2 Adults + 2 Children

Our world class Cathedral Cove boat tour covers 12km of rugged volcanic coastline visiting nearby islands and stunning beaches. From the supreme comfort of our boat we’ll get you up close and personal with  the impressive Cathedral Cove where Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia) was filmed. Keep in mind however, that Cathedral Cove is just the beginning. You’ll explore Lonely Bay, Cooks Beach, Shakespeare Cliff and Hahei along the way. Venture across the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve where you’ll observe an abundance of marine and bird life. Step back in time and visualise the spectacular geological process that helped form towering pinnacles, giant blowholes and huge sea caves including Orua Sea Cave, one of the largest in NZ and only accessible by boat.

Throughout our unforgettable tour your local guide will highlight Mercury Bay’s rich and colourful history giving a perfect balance of information and time to soak up the sights and sounds.

Highlights Tour

Trip Duration: 1.5hrs (approx.)
Departure Times: 8.30am – times may vary
Departure Location: Whitianga Wharf, Esplanade Rd 
Price: $110 Adults, $60 Children (1-14yrs), Children under 1 are FREE,
Family $295 (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Maximize your day with our shorter Cathedral Cove Highlights Tour. This 90 minute Cathedral Cove boat tour highlights the very best of what Mercury Bay has to offer in a shorter time frame.
Often the best part of the day for spotting marine life, with beautiful calm sea conditions and low sparkling sunlight that beams across the Mercury Bay coast.
The Highlights Tour explores the same 12 km of rugged volcanic coastline as the Full Monty with just a little less chat! We’ll visit nearby islands and stunning beaches; you’ll get up close and personal with towering pinnacles, giant blowholes, sea caves and more. Let’s not forget plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular Cathedral Cove and it’s beautiful surrounds.

The Highlights Tour covers everything you need to see in less time at less cost at a beautiful time of day! Private Charters available. Please note: No snorkelling on this tour.

Private Charters

Trip Duration:
2hrs (approx.)

Departure Times:
8am, 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4pm (times may be flexible)
Departure Location:
Whitianga Wharf, Esplanade Rd 


Explore secluded beaches, snorkel hidden coves or adventure out to beautiful islands. A private charter with Ocean Leopard Tours can be tailored to suit your groups needs.

The ideal option for photographers wanting to spend ample time at Cathedral Cove to snap that perfect shot; hen and stag dos; staff parties or simply a family wanting a special getaway together. A charter with us ensures you get exactly what you want out of the tour and experience this stunning coast from your own private boat.

To book the Private Charter head to our bookings page and select Full Monty. If you’d like more than 2 hours please contact us directly.

Max 16 passengers.

Ocean Leopard Tours Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises


  • Bookings are essential.
  • The tour departs from the Whitianga Wharf, Esplanade Rd (please note Ferry Landing Wharf pick ups are no longer permitted).
  • Be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Make sure you bring refreshments, warm jacket, camera/binoculars, sunhat and sunscreen.
  • If you plan on swimming or snorkelling wear your swimwear under your clothing and bring a towel
  • To give you maximum time in the water we discourage the use of wetsuits.



Established in 1992 the Te-Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve covers 9 square kilometres of local coast. No recreational or commercial fishing is allowed within the reserve which means the plants and fish are free to return to their natural balance. On our Full Monty Tour we stop at the picturesque Gemstone Bay situated in the heart of the marine reserve. From the boat you’ll observe an abundance of marine life and if you’re game you can dive in for quick 15 minute swim with snorkels and masks provided.

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