This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and the many varied island landscapes as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.
• 4 hours
Take an action-packed day trip from Paihia to the tip of New Zealand’s North Island on a guided tour of Cape Reinga! The Waverider coach, built to traverse sand, will drive you down the rugged coastline of Ninety Mile Beach. You’ll also see the mystical kauri trees, go sandboarding and dig for shellfish.
• 11 hours
What better way to explore the peaceful waters of the Bay of Islands than by the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship. This replica of a 100 year old schooner looks just like a working ship of the 18th century and you can spend the day onboard exploring the bays and beaches of this beautiful Maritime Park.
• 5 hours
Take a sightseeing cruise through the Bay of Islands on the area’s only authentic Cream Trip — a 100-year-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies to island residents. On board a modern, multi-level catamaran with a knowledgeable crew, you’ll see idyllic bays, local homes and natural landmarks like Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. Watch for whales, seals and other wildlife, and stop on Urupukaopuka Island to go for a walk or relax on the beach. You may also have the option to swim with dolphins!
• 7 hours
See New Zealand's stunning natural beauty on a guided walk through the Puketi Rainforest when your cruise ship docks at Bay of Islands. Take in the scenery as you look for rare bird and plant species, stroll among lofty kauri trees and pass by cascading waterfalls. You’ll enjoy a personalized experience on this rainforest walk led by an expert local guide, with a group limited to six people.
• 4.5 hours
Visit the historical town of Kerikeri — home to the country’s first permanent mission station and some of its oldest buildings — on this afternoon tour from Paihia. With a guide, visit the Mission House and Stone Store to learn about the town’s Maori and European settlement history. You’ll also get a taste of the area’s delights with stops at an organic winery and Makana Confections chocolate factory. Upgrade to include a morning sightseeing cruise on the Bay of Islands.
• 5 hours
Discover the rugged natural beauty of Cape Reinga, located on the tip of New Zealand's North Island. Perfect for those short on time who want to make the most of this splendid area, this combination scenic aeroplane flight and driving small-group tour showcases the best of the top end of New Zealand. See the remote and beautiful silica sand beaches of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay; wander the lighthouse at Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean; take a dip at Tapotupotu Bay; and sand-surf down the dunes at Te Paki.
• 4.5 hours
Take in the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands during a 2-hour sightseeing cruise on a nimble boat that gets you in close to the sights. Depart from either Paihia or Russell and enjoy great photo ops of landmarks like Black Rocks, Urupukapuka Island, Roberton Island (Motuarohia Island) and marine life such as dolphins and seals. Hear informative onboard commentary and have the option to disembark at Urupukapuka Island to snorkel and explore on your own before taking a later boat back (8:30am departure only).
• 2 hours
See the majestic beauty of the North Island on this one-way tour from Bay of Islands (Paihia) to Auckland and admire rugged landscape and scenic country of New Zealand's North island.
• 4 hours
When your cruise ship docks in Bay of Islands, get bird’s-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on this Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from Paihia. Take in the stunning scenery of the main group of islands; view the iconic natural landmark, Hole in the Rock; and pass over the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi.
• 20 minutes