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Day Cruises

Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

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.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to The Hole in the Rock

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 our for Dolphins and other marine and birdlife.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sailing Trips

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch

Sail the Bay of Islands on a working tall ship aboard the famed ‘R. Tucker Thompson,’ built in the tradition of a 100-year-old Northland schooner. Ply the waters of the pristine bay, where you can help hoist the sails, climb the rigging or simply relax on board, then swim while anchored in a sheltered bay in the maritime park. Enjoy morning tea and a barbecue lunch, with an optional complimentary ferry ride from Paihia to Russell, where your vessel departs.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour

See the Bay of Islands from water, land and air on this half-day tour that includes a boat cruise, island stopover and helicopter flight. Departing from Paihia, board the Sea Shuttle for a scenic boat ride, and stop for a few hours at Roberton Island to hike, swim or snorkel. Finish with a helicopter tour over the Bay of Islands and hover above the Hole in the Rock for great photo ops.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

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Hole in the Rock Bay of Islands Sightseeing Cruise

Meet your guide at the Maritime Building in Paihia or The Strand Wharf in Russell to start your 3-hour Bay of Islands cruise. 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. Listen as your experienced crew share local history and ecology via an informative commentary , keep your eyes peeled for marine and bird life as you cruise through and past many of the 144 islands that make up the Bay of IslandsDon'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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife

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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Bay of Islands Day Cruise - The Cream Trip

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 maker up the Bay of Islands, and search the waters for whales, seals and other marine life. On board 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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Island Time Tour

There is no wonder this is one of the most popular tours and has been rated highly by everyone. This tour is for the adventurous souls and the ones that really want something special. Get away from the crowded boats and come and enjoy a real adventure. The Bay of Islands is a Sea Kayaking paradise with crystal clear water, rock gardens, caves and abundant marine life. This tour only takes small groups (8 or less), so you will enjoy an intimate tour and keeps things flexible. With small group sizes it gives us the chance to keep everyone on the tour happy and are able to cater for the whole group. THE ONLY KAYAK COMPANY THAT TAKES DAY TOURS OUT TO THE OUTER ISLANDS….WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!!!
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Day Cruises

Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour - Scenic Cruise, Hike, Snorkel, Wildlife,

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.
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  • 180 to 210 minutes
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  • 180 to 210 minutes
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Day Cruises

Bay of Islands Waterfall Cruise Kayak or Paddle board

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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sailing Trips

Vigilant Yacht Charters - Sailing Bay of Islands

Spend a day cruising through the Bay of Islands aboard a deluxe sailboat that sets sail from Russell. Your captain stops at a picturesque island where you have lunch, and time to snorkel, kayak, swim, and walk to a lookout point. Cruise over to The Black Rocks for photo ops of the volcanic formation, keep an eye out for marine life, and hear commentary from your captain about the region.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Sailing Trips

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sundowner Sailing

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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Private Charter - Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour

Spend the day cruising the clear blue waters of the Bay of Islands, hopping from beach to beach – or spend it snorkelling around local reefs and shipwrecks – or spend it hiking through the pristine native bush on a handful of the Bay’s 140-plus islands. On this private charter in the Bay of Islands, do what you to do. Instead of sticking to a tour operator’s preset schedule, tailor your half- or full-day itinerary in the Bay to your own tastes.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Sundowner Evening Cruise

Sundowner Evening Cruise, a summertime special! Departing Paihia beachfront at 5pm. The boat pulls right up to the beach where you can step aboard from the shore line. Enjoy a relaxed sail aboard a smooth sailing catamaran in a peaceful setting, while the sun is going down. For those who want to enjoy the beauty of an evening cruise taking in the sights of the idyllic Bay of Islands, the Sundowner Cruise is a perfect start to a good night out with friends and family, a romantic getaway, or just the perfect escape from the daily grind! • Experience sailing at it's best, make the most of the beautiful sea breeze. Watch the wind fill the sails, kick back and enjoy the tranquility. • Enjoy the beauty of a sheltered anchorage for a swim stop, sip on a complimentary drink and take in the scenery. • See the landmarks of historical importance in the Bay of Islands from a different perspective, while under sail.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Dolphin Nature Cruise

-Scenic cruise through the picturesque Bay of Island where we'll search for dolphins living in the wild.-Full commentary from our knowledgeable local skippers about marine mammals and the conservation efforts being made. -Comfortable travel on our black and yellow power cat, purpose built for dolphin viewing with observation decks and large side opening windows.-The option to snorkel in the beautiful clear waters of the Bay of Islands. The snorkel spot will be selected by the Skipper on the day. -If time permits, you will also visit Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island afterwards and if you wish you can extend your time on the island and return on one of the later ferries – at no extra cost.*Please note that due to Department of Conservation regulations, swimming with dolphins is not permitted in the Bay of Islands.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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