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Slip through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' in New Zealand’s Northland during this half-day Bay of Islands cruise by high-speed catamaran. Pass rocky outcrops, sandy beaches and an array of islands as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and Motu Kokako Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine and birdlife.
5.5-Hour Bay of Islands Small Group Shore Excursion Including Glow Worm Caves!
Great trip and guide
, Feb 2020
This was a great trip excursion. Our cruise ship took longer for us to get off than expected we were concerned that they would leave without us but they did wait for our arrival which was very appreciated. They were waiting for us at the end of the pier. Nik our guide was really good. It was alot of fun I would highly recommend this trip for anyone.
We had a great time with Dyson and Bay of Islands tours. Our small group beat the crowds to the Glow Worm Caves and had a fun tour through the caves. The caves themselves are not the most impressive we’ve seen but the glow worms are fascinating. Seeing their bioluminescent lights like the Milky Way on the ceiling was a highlight. We also enjoyed our stops at the chocolate factory, wooden workshop, Kaori forest and the Haruru Falls. Lots of opportunities for picture taking and learning more about New Zealand.
When your ship docks in Waitangi Wharf, explore the beautiful Bay of Islands and see the best of New Zealand’s spectacular North Island. Travel through the Bay of Islands with your guide and take in top attractions including Kawakawa and the Kawiti glowworm caves. Explore the Puketi Forest’s rich ecological diversity, sample New Zealand sweet treats at the Makana Chocolate Factory, and gaze out over the Haruru Falls and the Waitangi River.
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
, Feb 2020
The visit to the Cape Reinga was well worth the visit but abit disappointing regarding the 90 Mile Beach tour in the sense that the actual time / distance you spend on the beach is not explained while the map given by the tour company is abit mis-leading. If the distance is affected by tide - then this should be communicated more by the travel director.
Also the choice for lunch was poor in terms of available selection
Very good day however very long with a lot of driving.
Highlights were cape Reigna, 90 mile beach and sand boarding.
It was a 12 hour day with many hours on the coach but that was the nature of getting there from our start point. High our coach driver was very friendly. But could not always hear his commentary. ...........................
colin was a lovely gent and great guide. good timeboxing on the strolls to keep the day moving along. great info. v relaxed. accommodating of the different drop off points and pick up times for all on board.
Ride a custom-built Waverider coach over the rugged and sandy coastline of Ninety Mile Beach on this full-day guided tour to Cape Reinga. Departing Paihia’s Bay of Islands for the top end of New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll walk under ancient trees in the Puketi Kauri Forest and go sandboarding down a quicksand stream at Te Paki Sand Dunes. Includes lunch and round-trip all-terrain transport from centrally located hotels.
Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife
THE BEST DAY OF MY VACATION:)
, Feb 2020
I was only in the Bay of Islands for one day, and this was the PERFECT tour to do! We had the most friendly guides (Mary and Jake) who were very passionate and committed. Hands down, this was my favorite day of vacation. Hiking and swimming were incredible. We saw a penguin while zooming around and we saw lots of really cool fish in the reefs while snorkeling. We even got to eat a sea urchin!! GREAT day. I highly recommend this tour:)
This far exceeded my expectations, the crew were amazing and went out of their way to help everyone and their knowledge of the Bay of Islands was excellent!! We even got to try a kina a local delicacy. My highlight would have been the the amazing Islands and paddle boarding - something I would never have normally tried but Linford and Blue were so patient and encouraging. This is a tour I would definitely recommend for any age and is a must do to get a true Bay of Islands experience!!
Let seafaring experts show you the best of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands by land and by water on this adventure cruise. With 144 different isles, it can be hard to know where to start, but your captain and crew know all the best spots to swim, snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and spot marine life. Hop off at two hand-picked islands for a hike to panoramic lookout points and beachside tea with biscuits.
Unfortunately, the weather and seas were not favourable for us to do the trip in the Bay of Islands that we were booked on - that is getting to the Hole in the Rock. Congrats to the staff who made sure the customer safety was the main priority tho. We did have a trip around some of the islands and had commentary on various things that were of interest. Not something that anyone could control.
Explore subtropical islands, Maori heritage sites and golden beaches on this cruise around the Bay of Islands from Paihia. Soak up the scenery as you float between the bay’s 144 islands, sail straight through the iconic Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) and tuck into a BBQ lunch or dinner at the stunning Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Along the way, spot dolphins swimming and playing alongside the boat.
Meet your boat at the Maritime Building in Paihia or The Strand Wharf in Russell to start your 4-hour Bay of Islands cruise, from 9.00am - 1.00pm
Soaking up the varied landscape of some 144 islands, you'll make your way out to the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse and before visiting the famous Cape Brett Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island. You will also have the chance for an Islands visit.
Listen as your experienced crew share local history and ecology via an informative commentary, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales, and other marine and birdlife as you cruise through and past many of the 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands
Don't want the journey to end? Hop off in Russell or Paihia after your cruise for more exploring before using your complimentary Russell/Paihia ferry ticket to get back.
Follow the century-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies throughout the Bay of Islands—called a ‘cream trip’—on this full-day cruise by catamaran from Paihia or Russell. See the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett, spend time on one of many islands that make up the Bay of Islands, and search the waters for whales, seals, and other marine life. Onboard the multi-level vessel, an informative crew points out natural landmarks, local homes, and secluded bays. Enjoy time to stroll on a local island or relax on the beach.
Experience the very best of the Bay of Islands on this shore excursion, including tours and exploration of Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. While your cruise ship is berthed in the Bay of Islands, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Paihia, the beautiful Haruru Falls, and Kerikeri with its historic Mission House and Stone Store. Following your sightseeing tour, your coach will board a vehicle ferry to Russell where you can explore New Zealand's oldest town on foot. You will then return to Paihia via passenger ferry and be transferred to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with time for lunch (own expense) and a fully guided tour of the grounds and Maori Cultural Performance. Finally you will be transferred back to your cruise ship tenders where your tour will conclude.
Very relaxed and wonderful day out. Guides were fun and helpful. Picnic lunch was just right. You are in full sun for a large part of the day, so hat, sunscreen etc are necessary. It was great to be on the water.
The Bay of Islands is made up of 144 islands, and the best way to explore them is by boat. On this island-hopping day cruise, you can relax on board a comfortable catamaran while admiring the beautiful views of the sea, islands, and maybe even some dolphins. Snorkel, swim, or paddle board, and stop on land to visit a wildlife sanctuary. This is the easy way to see the bay, as it’s difficult to travel here independently without a boat.
There’s no better way to discover the 144 sub-tropical islands that stud the Bay of Islands than on a cruise. With a top limit of just 20 passengers, this intimate boat trip delivers two island stopovers, one at Roberton Island or Twin Lagoons, plus the chance to hike, swim, snorkel, or even try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Look out for dolphins along the way.
Create lasting memories on this half-day tour of the Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. This guided tour shows you an abundance of breathtaking picturesque views giving you plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. The area is often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”, due to the past events that took place there. These historical events led to the shaping of New Zealand.
Your tour will include a Bakery/Café stop for you to grab a coffee or something to eat “on the go”.
This is the perfect trip for all ages, and a great way to see the local highlights without committing to a full day away.
Spend an evening immersed in Maori culture with a traditional ‘hangi’ dinner and live performance, held at the historically important signing site of the Waitangi Treaty. Learn about the treaty at a brand-new museum, enact a warrior challenge on a bush walk, and watch energetic Maori music and dance. For dinner, feast on a multilayered meal cooked using the ancient hangi pit oven method. A day pass and guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are also included.
Discover the Bay of Islands by helicopter, with an optional landing at the Hole in the Rock. See Cape Brett from above during an aerial tour from Paihia, narrated by a professional pilot. Fly over Russell and Waitangi en route to the Hole in the Rock. Upgrade to land atop the iconic natural landmark, with an optional walk led by a Maori guide.
This tour is for Cruise Ship customers and all members of the public staying in Paihia/Russell. The tour operates 7 days a week from January 7th to February 10th.
We visit the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, the Hundertwasser Toilets and take a leisurely 30 minute walk through the Opua Forest . All tours are approximately 3 hours long and leave from Waitangi wharf at 9.30 am.
The price includes Cave entry and the Maori guides are members of the family who own the attraction.
Experience with us and help protect our wild dolphins!
Surrounded by deep blue waters, vivid green islands and diverse wildlife, sailing on Carino NZ our 50ft catamaran is the best way to experience the stunning bay of islands.
We are a small, local family owned and operated wildlife cruise. Join us on our marine wildlife conservation vessel.
On board help to set sails or sit back and relax.Time to take a deep breath and unwind.
Watch for wild dolphins in their ocean habitat. We are only yacht licensed to view wild dolphins in the Bay.
Viewing wild dolphins in their natural habitat is an amazing and wonderful experience.
A portion of every fare contributes directly to marine mammal conservation – Protect the future
While we are sailing, watch for our local little blue penguins and our crazy diving gannets.
An island stop is included, where you get to explore a historic scenic island walks, snorkeling at the beach. Bbq lunch aboard Carino NZ, a cash bar available.
Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves
Awesome Glowworm Caves
, Feb 2020
Our tour was provided by Shore Trips and Tours and Jill was our guide. Jill provided much insight into the area since she is a native. The small group experience allowed us to see so much more of the area instead of being on a large bus tour. The subterranean tour of the Kawiti glowworm caves was awesome.
Spend your Waitangi port day exploring the Bay of Islands best attractions on this jam-packed shore excursion. From natural wonders like Haruru Falls and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves to cultural gems including the historic Te Waimate Mission House and famous Hundertwasser Toilets, make the most of your time on New Zealand's North Island while traveling with a guide and small group.
Enjoy Discovery, Island Time, Swimming & a Gourmet Lunch prepared from scratch on board Kiss as we spend a leisurely day gliding through the World Famous bays, beaches and waters that are the Bay of Islands
A very interesting tour of the Glow worm caves n Opua Forest, our tour host Ken was very knowledgeable. The glow worm caves were amazing, so worth the trip, Opua forest walk very tranquil. Would recommend this tour highly.
Our tour guide was all of the above and genuinely interested in ensuring we got to witness the important aspects of the locations toured. Given less than perfect weather conditions, he adjusted the agenda to prevent us from missing key sites and visual experiences.
This was well worth the trip. Excellent guide on the van and a very good tour guide in the caves. Only problem was with some of the guests not spacing out the lighting well enough to see where we were going at times.
Avoid the crowds at in-demand locations like the Hole in the Rock and the Haruru Falls. Instead, spend your shore day at one of Northland’s hidden gems with this private tour to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. Walk through an otherworldly limestone cave system full of stalactites and stalagmites, all lit up by New Zealand glow worms, on this tour led by a member of the Māori family who act as guardians for the cave and its glowing residents.
Stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. Find out how this document has forged with admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your day pass is valid for two consecutive days and includes an informative 50-minute guided tour, introductory film, and 30-minute cultural performance.
Had a wonderful day on the Phantom and enjoyed the time with the lovely owners. Big difference to other crowded boats wit plenty people on it. With only 10 people its like family & friends. Highly recommended!! Thanks for the great time we had!
We only take 10 guests and offer a unique personal experience with 20 years taking guests on our beautiful live-aboard yacht and we still love it!!
We share our passion for what we do and love meeting people from all over the world and sharing stories from our travels and lifestyle.
We have sailed to many countries on many different boats, so come along and hear the tales of adventures far and wide.
We raised our son on the boat while sailing from the Caribbean and throughout the South Pacific and New Zealand for many years.
Get to know the highlights of the Bay of Islands on this tour with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere. Stops include one of New Zealand's oldest pear trees, Haruru Waterfall, the Paihia waterfront, the Makana Chocolate shop, and the Stone Store at Kerikeri. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port makes for a seamless shore excursion.
We had a wonderful time on the Tall Ship sailing. The captain was so nice and let my husband steer the boat and help with other sailing opportunities. He was extremely friendly and his crew was awesome. We would recommend this tour to anyone. This was the best tour we did while we were iin New Zealand visiting from the states.
This 2-hour experience aboard a tall ship in the Bay of Islands offers a gentle sail in the afternoon. Step aboard the elegant 'R. Tucker Thompson' and enjoy an antipasto platter accompanied by drinks available for purchase at the bar. Round-trip ferry transfer to Russell is included.
Fly over the Northland coastline on a scenic flight between Paihia and Cape Reinga. Soar above Ninety Mile Beach before landing for a minibus tour at the top end of New Zealand's North Island. Visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, then stroll along the beach at Tapotupotu Bay and surf the sand dunes of Te Paki. Look down on remote Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay on your return flight. Includes morning tea and round-trip hotel transfers.
Experience nature is at its best on a 40-minute Bay of Islands cruise followed by a kayak excursion. Paddle past mangrove forests to a wondrous waterfall, with the option to depart in the morning, afternoon or at sunset. If you’d like, opt for a paddleboard instead. You’ll view birdlife and learn the cultural history of the Maori people with commentary by a knowledgeable guide.