Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a full day return trip from Auckland, including a half-day cruise in search of dolphins and whales.
Board your modern, comfortable coach and leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind as we travel north to Paihia, the jewel of the Bay of Islands. This popular seaside town boasts beautiful golden beaches and boutique style shopping.
After a few hours enjoying the delights of Paihia you’ll join our three-hour afternoon cruise around the spectacular Bay of Islands.
Feel the wind in your hair as you soak up the outstanding scenery, cruising out through some of the 144 islands of the Bay towards Cape Brett with its remote lighthouse and the famous 'Hole in the Rock' at Motukokako Island.
If conditions permit, your skipper may even drive the boat right through the hole!
Have your camera at the ready throughout your cruise, as the Bay is home to a vast array of marine and bird life including dolphins, penguins and whales.
After your Bay of Islands cruise, disembark at Paihia wharf and board the coach for a comfortable return journey to Auckland.
Departs: 7:30am from Auckland. Returns to Auckland at approx 8.15pm.
All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)
Kia ora Diane, Thank you for your feedback, I'm sorry the trip felt rushed to you, we do have to keep to a strict schedule when travelling from Auckland. I'll pass your lovely feedback on to Racheal. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights
Kia ora Laura, thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you feel you didn't learn much about the Bay of Islands - our driver guides provide commentary during the day, and on the cruise the skippers and crew also provide commentary on the region's history, geography and wildlife.
Kia ora Sam, What a shame you were unable to go through the Hole in the Rock! Hopefully you can make it back to New Zealand and try again. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights
Kia ora Siti, Thanks for sharing with us! It's fantastic to hear you wanted to stay longer in the Bay of Islands. I'm glad you enjoyed exploring with us. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights
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