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Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Cruise

Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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At a Glance

2 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 4 more
Find out why the Bay of Islands is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand while you’re in port at Paihia. Take a 2-hour boat excursion where you’ll be escorted in comfort past landmarks... More
Find out why the Bay of Islands is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand while you’re in port at Paihia. Take a 2-hour boat excursion where you’ll be escorted in comfort past landmarks such as Black Rocks, Roberton Island (Motuarohia) and a variety of island landscapes, while local experts share commentary about the area’s ecological and historical features. You’ll also stop at one of the bay's most beautiful islands where you can swim or relax on the beach.

Highlights

  • Two-hour boat tour of the Bay of Islands while your ship is in Paihia
  • Learn the Bay of Islands’ importance in the founding of the nation of New Zealand
  • Spot dolphins, penguins, whales and other marine wildlife as you get an up close look at the area
  • See Black Rocks, Roberton Island (Motuarohia) and stop on an island for a guided walk or time at a secluded beach
  • Hear informative commentary from the local crew about the history and wildlife of the Bay of Islands
  • Free time to visit the markets and enjoy lunch in Paihia (own expense) before returning to your ship
... More
  • Two-hour boat tour of the Bay of Islands while your ship is in Paihia
  • Learn the Bay of Islands’ importance in the founding of the nation of New Zealand
  • Spot dolphins, penguins, whales and other marine wildlife as you get an up close look at the area
  • See Black Rocks, Roberton Island (Motuarohia) and stop on an island for a guided walk or time at a secluded beach
  • Hear informative commentary from the local crew about the history and wildlife of the Bay of Islands
  • Free time to visit the markets and enjoy lunch in Paihia (own expense) before returning to your ship
... More
  • Two-hour boat tour of the Bay of Islands while your ship is in Paihia
  • Learn the Bay of Islands’ importance in the founding of the nation of New Zealand
  • Spot dolphins, penguins, whales and other marine wildlife as you get an up close look at the area
  • See Black Rocks, Roberton Island (Motuarohia) and stop on an island for a guided walk or time at a secluded beach
  • Hear informative commentary from the local crew about the history and wildlife of the Bay of Islands
  • Free time to visit the markets and enjoy lunch in Paihia (own expense) before returning to your ship
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What To Expect

When your cruise ship docks in Paihia, hop aboard a 2-hour boat tour to see New Zealand's scenic and historically significant Bay of Islands. You’ll take the courtesy shuttle from your ship’s dock at... More
When your cruise ship docks in Paihia, hop aboard a 2-hour boat tour to see New Zealand's scenic and historically significant Bay of Islands. You’ll take the courtesy shuttle from your ship’s dock at Waitangi Wharf to the tour’s departure point at Maritime Wharf, a pleasant 5-minute drive along the coast. Once on the boat, you’ll cruise out to catch... More
When your cruise ship docks in Paihia, hop aboard a 2-hour boat tour to see New Zealand's scenic and historically significant Bay of Islands. You’ll take the courtesy shuttle from your ship’s dock at Waitangi Wharf to the tour’s departure point at Maritime Wharf, a pleasant 5-minute drive along the coast. Once on the boat, you’ll cruise out to catch the highlights of the Bay of Islands.

As you glide through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands, your knowledgeable crew will share commentary about local history and wildlife. Look for the abundant marine life in these waters, including whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and sea birds. You’ll see the dramatic seascape of Black Rocks and other rocky outcrops. Then have a short stop on an island where you can relax at a secluded beach.

Throughout your tour, a guide will share the significant history of Bay of Islands: the first permanent British settlement was established here and, in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi–considered the founding document of the nation–was drawn up and signed here.

You’ll cruise past highlights like Roberton Island (Motuarohia) where Captain Cook was the first European to visit (in 1769) and a number of archaeological sites have been found.

After a scenic and informative 2-hour tour, you’ll be returned to Paihia.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Bay of Islands port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

What's Included

Live commentary on board
Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Food and drinks
Port pick-up and dropoff (a complimentary shuttle operates between the port and the Maritime Building)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

The Maritime Building, Paihia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring swimwear, sunscreen and a towel
  • A courtesy shuttle bus service operates from Waitangi Wharf to the departure point, the Maritime Building, on the Paihia waterfront. This is an approximate 6-minute journey by road

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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