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Enjoy a 2-hour sightseeing cruise in the Bay of Islands on a boat that gets you close to landmarks such as Black Rocks, Urupukapuka Island and Roberton Island (Motuarohia Island). After departing from either Paihia or Russell, your captain takes you through the scenic region and provides informative commentary about its history and wildlife. Keep an eye out for sightings of dolphins and seals, and snorkel independently at Urupukapuka Island if you wish to disembark and  catch a boat back later in the day (8:30am departure only).


  • 2-hour Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise with island walk, from Paihia or Russell (8:30am departure only)
  • Cruise to Roberton Island, Black Rocks, Urupukapuka Island and other top sights
  • See massive rock formations, sheer cliffs and pristine lagoons from up close
  • Admire sweeping views after a short hike to Cook’s Lookout
  • Keep an eye open for dolphins, seals, whales and other marine animals
  • Have the option to take the early boat and disembark at the island for independent exploration
  • Hear informative onboard commentary and get great photo ops

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

In addition to the diverse wildlife you might spot from the boat, you can often see stingrays and eagle rays gliding along the Paihia waterfront in the daytime. We recommend heading out early for the option to spend the day on Urupukapuka Island!

What You Can Expect

Island Cliffs and Caves Adventure Tour

Island Adventurer

Customer Reviews

Mrs S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The weather on the day made this tour all the more enjoyable...the boat and staff were outstanding with a great itinerary, cliffs, cave and beach landing for a swim or a walk up a peak for spectacular scenery. The crew were formative, casual, respectful and friendly...always a good recipe for a great day out.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Beautiful Scenery in a modern boat - excellent commentary. Very happy.

Geoff M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We really enjoyed this tour.
My neice and I chose this as a independent shore tour on a cruise ship visit for about one third the cost of anything on offer from the ship.

The fast boat was fun might be a bit rock n roll in rough weather and the bays, islands, and rocks were visually stunning..... Only the one cave visit, but the two hours covered a good section of the area.
We enjoyed glimpses of Russell while picking up and dropping of passengers you could take regular ferry to Russell before joining.

A highlight was the visit to Motuarohia island where Captain Cook went ashore and scaled the peak you can too if energetic ..... We chose a quick swim in the gorgeous lagoon.

My only regret is I wish the tour went a little longer to allow more time on Motuarohia

Remember if doing this as a cruise ship shore tour alternative .... It is a Tender Port which makes the early tour8.30am and the afternoon tour 2pm impossible due to the time needed for the tender process. We did the 11am tour.... This allowed time to get an early tender, walk from Waitangi to Paihia shuttles are available , have a look around before the tour.

We had a fabulous weather day.... And of course that turns beautiful into spectacular.

Joel B

4 star rating: Recommended December 2016

So, somehow we bought tickets for the wrong day. The lady helping us offered a longer trip for the same price. I suspect that we would have enjoyed the 2 hour trip more, but we saw pretty much the whole harbour, plus dolphins 2 species and the Hole in the Rock.


4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

The half day tour is only 3 hours and even on a clear day, we couldn't go inside the cave. That said, the bay is beautiful and you need a boat to seen even half of it. Worth it.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

It was great to get out and see the extent of the Islands. The cave was limiting as not very deep but the boat did get into the mouth of the cave. trip left and returned on time.

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