• Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 94.67 View price calendar

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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

What You Can Expect

Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip

Best of the BayCream Trip

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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Customer Reviews

Glenn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We loved it! This cruise covers everything

dorothy b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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

Dan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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

Mary-Clare R

5 star rating: 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!

Charles P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Nigel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great trip . Plenty to see love those dolphins. Friendly crew. Excellent value.

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful day touring the islands. The boat crew were excellent

mitchell s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic cruise out to the hole in the rock!

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