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Your one-of-a-kind Bay of Islands cruise departs from the Paihia Wharf and then picks up more passengers about 10 minutes later in Russell — you may hop aboard at either of these locations. On board your jet-powered, multi-level catamaran with both indoor and outdoor seating, cruise through the Bay of Islands — named for its nearly 150 islands — heading toward Cape Brett, the far eastern tip in the bay. Admire great views from the boat's spacious decks while you listen to the crew share information about the region’s history and ecology. Keep your eyes open for marine life like seals, dolphins, whales, penguins and sea birds. Your cruise isn’t just for sightseeing, though — it’s a Cream Trip, a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s when a boat was used to transport cream and other supplies between the islands and the mainland. This means you’ll get up-close views of sandy beaches and island homes as you stop to deliver mail and other supplies to local residents. When you reach Cape Brett, check out its noted landmark, a natural arch known as Hole in the Rock. Then your captain will let you know if the weather and water conditions allow for swimming in an area where dolphins like to hang out (optional, must be pre-booked; own expense). If you’re interested, you can use a provided wetsuit and snorkeling gear. About halfway through the day, stop on a local Island for 1.5 hours of free time to take a scenic walk, go for a swim or relax on the beach. There is a full bar on board as well as tea, coffee and snacks available for purchase (own expense). Limited lunch options are also available but must be pre-ordered at least 24-hours prior to departure. Your cruise ends with return to Russell and Paihia.
Luxury air-conditioned catamaran
Live commentary on board
Lunch (lunch must be pre-ordered at least 24 hours prior to your departure)
Food and drinks (drinks and limited snacks are available to purchase on board)
Swimming with dolphins (optional; weather permitting; NZ$30 per person, payable at the time; includes use of wetsuit, snorkeling gear and hot shower on board. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment as availability may be limited.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Vehicles are collapsible-wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions
It is recommended that you bring a jacket (it can get cool on the boat), hat and sunglasses; if you plan to swim, bring a swimsuit and towel
If you wish to pre-book lunch or swimming, please call the local operator on the number provided on your confirmation voucher. Please note lunch options are limited
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cruise departs from either Paihia or Russell
9:30am from Paihia Wharf 9:40am from Russell Wharf