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Bay of Islands Cruise - From Paihia and Russell

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Duration: 6½ hours (approx.)
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  • See the Black Rocks and the famous Hole in the Rock
  • Stop to enjoy the peaceful scenery of Urupukapuka Island
  • Included 20 minute submarine adventure
  • Cruising in the Bay of Islands is a must-do in New Zealand
  • Cream tea will be served onboard

This cruise is ideal for people who do not need transport from Auckland and who want to see all the highlights of the magnificent Bay of Islands in one day. Do the original Cream Trip, visit the 'Hole in the Rock' and go ashore to explore one of the most beautiful Islands in the bay.

See the spectacular Black Rocks - unusual volcanic formations found in only two places in the world. Meander in and out of the many picturesque bays calling on locals, as your catamaran delivers their stores and mail – a task it has been performing for over 100 years. You may see seals, dolphins or even whales and endless bird and marine life.

During your visit to the charming Urupukapuka Island you can enjoy the scenic walks, swim, take a Nautilus submarine adventure and explore the colorful underwater marine life.

Customer reviews

Fantastic. Would recommend to anyone travelling to the Bay of Islands. Going through the Hole in the Rock was incredible!...

W Keith Scott United Kingdom
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Good commetary, beautiful views, friendly crew, civilised timings. Would have preferred to know before departure that the cafe was closed at the lunch stop. As it's been...

John Reeves United Kingdom
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The tour departs from the Paihia Wharf or the Russell Wharf. Please reach the tour’s starting point on your own.

Board the Tangaroa III, a large modern catamaran equipped with commentary and cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett while enjoying great views from everywhere on the modern cruising catamaran. The friendly crew shares the local history and ecology of the region. Often a variety of marine wildlife can be spotted including whales, seals, dolphins, penguins, and other sea and bird life as you travel out to the Hole of the Rock.

There will be an island stopover at Urupukapuka Island where you can relax at the cafe and enjoy some delicious cream tea. There will be time for you to explore the walking tracks of scenic Urupukapuka Island or safe swimming in the Bay.

Take the 20-minute Nautilus Submarine Adventure. On the Nautilus you can often see eagle rays, snapper, kingfish, trevally, spotty, and sea urchins.

The tour returns to the starting point.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Check-in 15mins prior to departure

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

  • Extensive cruising around New Zealand's finest Marine Park on board the Tangaroa III
  • Cream tea
  • Exclusive 1.5 hour Urupukapuka Island visit
  • Nautilus Submarine Adventure
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • This tour does not include transport from Auckland
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
19 Oct - 31 Mar: Daily
6½ hours (approx.)
Start time
Paihia Wharf: 0930h (09:30am)
Russell Wharf: 0940h (09:40am)
Meeting point
Tour departs from The Maritime Building, Paihia Wharf and Russell Wharf.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
Tour ends at original departure point
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
Dos & Don'ts
Wear sunglasses, hat and footwear suitable for the beach. Don’t forget the sunblock, towel, a change of clothes and your swimsuit. Bring your camera and binoculars.

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No cancellation fees

On most bookings

We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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