Bay of Islands
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Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

1. Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

Set off on a scenic 4.5 to 5-hour cruise to discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery and encounter diverse wildlife in an area soaked in rich culture and history. Board the black and yellow power cat at Paihia Wharf and be welcomed aboard by the friendly crew. Your crew will deliver a full safety briefing and overview of the trip. Cruise among the 144 islands and enjoy entertaining live commentary from your local knowledgeable skipper. Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, you can even travel through it. Spot local wildlife including dolphins, birds, seals and even the occasional whale with a success rate of over 90%. Your trip will also include a 1.5-hour island stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Enjoy free time to explore the island. If you wish, you can hire kayaks, or paddleboards (available during summer only) or just relax on the beach. You can also choose to extend your stay on the island and return on a later ferry (only available during summer).

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Bay of Islands: Awesome Day Sailing Tour with Island Stop

2. Bay of Islands: Awesome Day Sailing Tour with Island Stop

On boarding this ocean going yacht in Paihia guests are greeted with a safety briefing and invited to join in sailing as participants or simply relax and enjoy. On the journey, guests are treated to fresh fruit and vegetable snacks. See the various and beautiful land formations, ancient lava flows and numerous wave swept caves.  Spot penguins and other marine life in playful groups as the yacht sails along. Upon arrival at the island stopover, guests are invited to swim ashore with snorkel gear, if wished. Those wishing to stay dry are transferred ashore. While on the island travelers may choose to go on a walk, comb the beach, snorkel or a combination of all.  After exploring, enjoy a fresh sandwich lunch provided on board (vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options available) before heading back to land.

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Paihia: Twin Lagoon Sailing Cruise with Island Visit

3. Paihia: Twin Lagoon Sailing Cruise with Island Visit

Take a cruise from Paihia and discover the natural beauty of Motuarohia Island. Admire the beautiful coastline and go ashore on the island to explore its spectacular sights. Sail to Motuarohia Island and see the twin lagoons. Take a walk to the most picturesque viewing point in the whole of the Bay of Islands. Return for a refreshing swim at the beach. Join the boat again for the relaxing return trip.

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What people are saying about Bay of Islands

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

We really enjoyed the activity. when the cruise went through the Hole in the rock it was so cool. We got to see alot of dolphins too

It’s very good experience we really enjoyed and my son he is 4 years old He said mummy I want to go again such a wonderful time

Fantastic and fun day out. Great views and commentary. Really good way to see the islands.

This was the greatest trip of my life so far.. loved it

Great all round trip but the highlight was the dolphins