Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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7 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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. Stroll the island, relax on the beach or opt to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat (own expense).
  • 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
  • Swimming excursion in a dolphin natural habitat (upgrade)
  • Purchase snacks and drinks on board the boat
Best of the Bay Super cruise - Original Cream Trip, Hole of the Rock" at Cape Brett. This cream trip follows a time-honoured custom that dates back to the early 20th century, when a boat transported cream and other sundries to island residents from the mainland.
Hop aboard your state of the art catamaran at the wharf in either Paihia or Russel to begin your sightseeing cruise in the Bay of Islands — named for its nearly 150 islands. Take a seat indoors or on a spacious outdoor deck aboard the multi-level vessel,. Keep an eye out for seals, penguins, whales and sea birds while the crew provides informative facts about the region.
The boat stops to deliver mail and other supplies to local residents, and comes close to Cape Brett and its natural arch known as the Hole in the Rock. When weather and water conditions allow, you can opt to take a swim where dolphins are present (own expense, must be pre-booked; a wetsuit and snorkelling gear are provided).
A full bar with tea, coffee and snacks are also available for purchase on board. Limited lunch options are also available, however, please pre-order 24-hours prior to departure.
Enjoy 1.1/4 hours of free time relaxing on one of Islands during the Island Stopover before your cruise returns to Russell and Paihia.

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, May 2018

This trip was such good value for a full day out at sea, time to sit back and enjoy the sun and scenery. The crew were friendly and helpful, the lady skipper excellent and we were lucky enough to see dolphins and brown seals! Highly recommended

, Dec 2017

lovely day out on Bay of Isles with great crew giving us commentary on history, fauna and flora and Maori culture

, Nov 2017

We loved it! This cruise covers everything

, Nov 2017

What a great day, the weather helped as it was superb. The trip around the bay gave a great vision of how many islands that there are. The information provided about the history, houses and area was spot on. The boat was comfortable and the service friendly and helpful. Highly recommended

, Oct 2017

The captain neglected to check the tides the day we went. We got stuck on an island for about three hours and it was suppose to be an hour stop. The crew was not prepared and had to borrow a random 6 person dingy from some sailor that happen to be in the bay. We were then transferred to a bigger dingy and then finally taken to our cruise boat. Mind you, there was over 30 passengers on board. Once everyone made it on the cruise the captain announced that we were behind schedule and were not able to swim with the dolphins as planned. She reported there was no pods spotted and that we wouldn't have stopped anyway. That sure is a convenient answer. Returning back to land late....Fullers tried to make up for their mistake by giving everyone on board a free drink and 20 discount on tickets once we returned to land. I would have rather swam with the dolphins.

, Oct 2017

Best cruise we went on while we were in New Zealand exciting and spectacular very highly recommended

, May 2017

It was a great day! We stopped at many different locations. The crew were really welcoming and helpful - the captain was BRILLIANT! She added so much interest and fun to the day with her commentary, with where she took us and how she piloted the boat. A day to remember and excellent value for money!

, May 2017

Best boat ride we've ever been on. We made it through hole in the rock. However, didn't get the swim with the dolphins.

, Mar 2017

Super day with stunning scenery and dolphin spotting. Bay of Islands has to be visited during any trip to New Zealand. The colour on the sea is amazing.

, Mar 2017

Boat captain/commentator was really good....especially when he sneaked through the Hole In The Rock at a SAFE point in the tides and winds when all other boat tours had said No that day! Note to future travelers: do NOT go into the swimming net at side of boat with skimpy 2 piece suits. You WILL lose something! Loved the dolphin sightings!!

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