The Cream Trip: A Day in the Bay of Islands

4.8 / 5

48 reviews

The Cream Trip: A Day in the Bay of Islands

From $98.95 per person

Explore the Bay of Islands on a cruise that started it all! Stop on a secluded island, see the famous Hole in the Rock, and spot dolphins en route.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Tour Bay of Islands on the original Cream Trip route
  • Cruise aboard the Te Maki with an expert crew
  • Marvel at the Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island
  • Stop off for a swim at a secluded island
  • Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales
Full description
Glide past some 144 islands out to the remote Cape Brett Peninsula on a Bay of Islands day cruise. Board your luxury vessel, the Te Maki, and join your skipper as you set out on the original route used to deliver milk, post, and other supplies to the people who live in the remote Bay of Islands, the Cream Trip. See Cape Brett Lighthouse, Black Rocks, and the famous Hole in the Rock. Weather and ocean conditions permitting, your skipper will expertly guide your vessel through the tight space of the wave-carved arch. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales as your crew provide entertaining commentary. If you are feeling brave you can try boom netting. Make a stop at a secluded island where you can enjoy a relaxing swim while admiring the natural beauty surrounding you. If you are looking for a unique Bay of Islands cruise, the Cream Trip is sure to deliver.
  • Island Stopover
  • Black Rocks and Marsden Cove
  • Cream Trip cruise
  • Commentary provided by the skipper
  • Boom-netting
  • Dolphin viewing
  • Wi-Fi
  • Printed multilingual maps available in Chinese, Japanese, and German
  • Lunch (unless prebooked)
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Maritime Building (adjacent wharf), Paihia

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, a camera, walking shoes, and a jacket. If you plan to swim, bring a towel and wear your swimsuit under your clothing for convenience
  • You can buy hot and cold drinks and limited cold food on board. You can also pre-book a lunch through the local provider, or bring your own
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Review summary

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Everything was amazing. I’ve got everything what I expected from this trip. Even when we saw the dolphins we stopped for around 30 mins so we could look close enough at them and make some photos/videos. The trip took around 7 hours (as it was promised) and I didn’t get bored for a second. The guide was talking clearly and what’s the most important it was interesting to listen to him. Higly recommend.

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January 26, 2021

Absolutely amazing experience! The crew was very helpful, nice and playful. Incredibly very interesting information about the various islands, bird life, fish and dolphins! We got to see common dolphins swimming with the boat and playing to the full. One of the crew told us very interesting about the dolphins in the meantime. The boat stayed for an hour on an island where you could eat and the captain also recommended that you hike for 25 minutes where you had a view of the entire Bay of Islands. After that, we saw the world's smallest penguin and the captain told us some information about it. We also got to see a sunfish which was very interesting. Then they unfolded a net where they were given the opportunity to swim. Once they had let people into the net, they drove around the boat. Looks very funny. After that we went around for a while before it was time to go back to Paihia. We ordered food for the excursion. The chicken salad was good but there wasn't much food. They als

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January 4, 2020

We enjoyed a lovely day in the bay with a wonderful skipper

This was a wonderful trip. The skipper has the flexibility of shifting the order of the day to match things like dolphin sightings. She was very informative and welcoming. Her crew was great as well. We didn't get to swim with the dolphins only because the only pod we kept seeing had babies in it. We did get to set quite a bit of activity. We would highly recommend this trip

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February 5, 2019

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