Water activity

Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

4.5 / 5

79 reviews

Activity provider: Explore Group New Zealand

Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

Activity provider: Explore Group New Zealand

From US$ 87.10 per person

Discover the stunning Bay of Islands and the Hole in the Rock on a scenic 4.5 to 5-hour cruise, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way. Enjoy a 1.5-hour island stop-over to swim, walk, and relax.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover some of the 144 stunning islands in the Bay of Islands on a scenic cruise
  • Journey to the iconic Hole in the Rock and if weather permits, sail through it
  • Listen to entertaining live commentary from your local Nature Guide
  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour island stop-over and walk, swim, paddle board, kayak or relax
  • Keep a lookout for dolphins, whales, or orcas
Full description
Set off on a scenic 4.5 to 5-hour cruise to discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery and encounter diverse wildlife in an area soaked in rich culture and history. Board the black and yellow power cat at Paihia Wharf and be welcomed aboard by the friendly crew. Your crew will deliver a full safety briefing and overview of the trip. Cruise among the 144 islands and enjoy entertaining live commentary from your local knowledgeable skipper. Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, you can even travel through it. Spot local wildlife including dolphins, birds, seals and even the occasional whale with a success rate of over 90%. Your trip will also include a 1.5-hour island stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Enjoy free time to explore the island. If you wish, you can hire kayaks, or paddleboards (available during summer only) or just relax on the beach. You can also choose to extend your stay on the island and return on a later ferry (only available during summer).
Includes
  • 4.5 to 5-hour scenic cruise
  • Live commentary in English
  • 1.5-hour island stop-over at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Paihia Wharf - Pier 7, Paihia, New Zealand

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation
    • You will be able to purchase lunch from the café at Otehei Bay
    • Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase onboard the vessel
    • From December - April: on the day, you can opt to extend your time on the island (subject to availability) and there is also the option to hire paddleboards and kayaks
    • Pick-up can be arranged from Russell Wharf subject to availability; please contact the local operator after booking to coordinate
    • The activity requires minimum numbers to operate, in the unlikely even these are not met, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 79 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.4/5
    • Transportation
      4.3/5
    • Value for money
      4/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    amazing trip exploring beautiful islands.

    August 7, 2022

    Great trip. Highly recommended. Gd commentary and cafe on island

    May 23, 2022

    Perfect day and we saw Killer Whales so a priceless trip!

    May 2, 2022

    Product ID: 175137