5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

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  • Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Take a sightseeing cruise through the Bay of Islands on the area’s only authentic Cream Trip — a 100-year-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies to island residents. On board a modern, multi-level catamaran with a knowledgeable crew, you’ll see idyllic bays, local homes and natural landmarks like Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. Watch for whales, seals and other wildlife, and stop on Urupukaopuka Island to go for a walk or relax on the beach. You may also have the option to swim with dolphins!

Highlights

  • Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise and Cream Trip
  • Learn about the history of the Cream Trip, which delivers mail and supplies to the islands
  • See Cape Brett’s Hole in the Rock
  • Look for seals, dolphins and other marine life
  • Stop on Urupukapuka Island for free time to explore or swim
  • Go swimming with dolphins (weather permitting; own expense)
  • Purchase snacks, drinks and lunch on board the boat

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What You Can Expect

Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip

Best of the Bay Supercruise - Original Cream Trip, Hole of the Rock" at Cape Brett.

Your one-of-a-kind Bay of Islands cruise departs from the Paihia Wharf and then picks up more passengers about 10 minutes later in Russell — you may hop aboard at either of these locations.

On board your jet-powered, multi-level catamaran with an underwater camera and both indoor and outdoor seating, cruise through the Bay of Islands — named for its nearly 150 islands — heading toward Cape Brett, the far eastern tip in the bay. Admire great views from the boat's spacious decks while you listen to the crew share information about the region’s history and ecology. Keep your eyes open for marine life like seals, dolphins, whales, penguins and sea birds.

Your cruise isn’t just for sightseeing, though — it’s a Cream Trip, a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s when a boat was used to transport cream and other supplies between the islands and the mainland. This means you’ll get up-close views of sandy beaches and island homes as you stop to deliver mail and other supplies to local residents.

When you reach Cape Brett, check out its noted landmark, a natural arch known as Hole in the Rock. Then your captain will let you know if the weather and water conditions allow for swimming with dolphins (optional; own expense). If you’re interested, you can use a provided wetsuit and snorkeling gear to swim around with these friendly sea mammals.

About halfway through the day, stop on Urupukapuka Island for 1.5 hours of free time to take a scenic walk, go for a swim or relax on the beach. You can buy lunch on board the boat; a full bar, tea, coffee and snacks are also available for purchase (own expense).

Your cruise ends with return to Russell and Paihia.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This trip was fantastic. The captain was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable about his local area and history. His passion was obvious. His skill in skippering a large vessel was great. He took us right up to rock faces, into caves and through the hole in hte rock with ease. I enjoyed the fact that there was no particular structure or time limit on things. If hte captain heard something interesting on the radio we went looking for it. The crew were happy and helpful. We were encouraged to move around the boat and enjoy the experience of all decks and areas as there were not that many people on board (compared to the half day trips which were packed and looked uncomfortable). I highly recommend taking the full day trip it was well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The all day Cream trip is well worth the money. The Captain and crew are friendly and knowledgeable and take you to lots of places the half day cruises don't get to. Highly recommend this cruise

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