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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, explore Urupukaopuka Island, 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
  • Stop on Urupukapuka Island for free time to explore or swim
  • Swimming excursion in a dolphin natural habitat (upgrade)
  • Purchase snacks and drinks on board the boat

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What You Can Expect

Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip

Best of the Bay Supercruise - Original Cream Trip, Hole of the Rock" at Cape Brett.

This cream trip follows a time-honored 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 jet-powered 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, equipped with an underwater camera for optimal viewing of marine wildlife. 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 snorkeling 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 1.5 hours of free time relaxing at Urupukapuka Island before your cruise returns to Russell and Paihia.

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Customer Reviews


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!

Erica D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A fantastic day for the entire family, stunning scenery and fun activities too

Micheal L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great trip. The captain went out of his normal route to find us a pod of killer whales orcas which we stayed and watched for about an hour. The experience was great being so close to these majestic mammals. The rest of the trip was great with the captain giving us a running commentary the whole way round. Well worth the money

Louise G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

What a great day out! Saw dolphins as we were coming home after a dull weather day in Paihia turned out to be glorious around the islands. Brilliant and knowledgeable crew.
Will go again if I go back to the bay of islands and recommend you do too.

Micheal L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fully recommend this trip. When we went out the captain Billy told us that he was going off schedule because he had been told of a pod of killer whales in the area he wanted to find for us. He duly found them and the experience was amazing Billy seemed to be able to play with them and encourage them closer to the boat. Went through hole in wall in quite a swell which showed the captain's skill

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A wonderful day spent cruising the islands. Tammy did a great job of captaining our ship and of providing a very knowledgeable commentary. Great time was had!

Lynn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A lovely day on the water the cruise was very good and the guide was well informed. I would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent trip. Well organised and helpfull staff. Who did their best to make sure everyone enjoyed their day.

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