Bay of Islands Day Sailing Adventure - GUNGHA II

Experience the ultimate sailing adventure in one of New Zealand's most spectacular marine locations!


  • Epic sailing and island adventure with amazing photo opportunities
  • Chance to spot a variety of marine life including penguins, seabirds and more!
  • Unique opportunity to sail GUNGHA II yourself or simply sit back, relax and enjoy!
  • Snorkel, swim and explore an island paradise in one of the worlds most beautiful coastal locations
  • Tasty snacks and yummy fresh lunch included!

The Bay of Islands are renowned for their magnificent scenic vistas and rich natural beauty both above and under the water. The more than 140 subtropical islands is a haven for marine life that evolves and changes throughout the season. Penguins, seabirds, various marine mammals, sharks or even turtles are often sighted.

GUNGHA II is a large ocean-going yacht that voyages into the Pacific annually. We have plenty of sheltered seating, clean toilets and hot outside showers. If you are keen to help sail the boat our friendly crew are happy to give you the opportunity or you can simply relax and enjoy the awesome views and tranquillity.

Your island stopover includes the opportunity to swim, snorkel or go for a scenic bushwalk or all if you are keen. Masks, snorkels & hot outside showers are provided

Want to try you hand at sailing? - No worries, Just ask the friendly crew!

The Sailing experience of a lifetime - an informal, fun, and simply amazing way to explore Northland's most treasured location!!

Departure time & location: 10.00am at Paihia Wharf, Marsden Road Paihia. (boarding at 09:45 in Paihia…if staying in Russell transfers included)

Adult $130.00 (aged 13+)
Child $90.00 (up to 12 years)

What's included

  • Several fresh snacks and a yummy fresh sandwich lunch (vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options included)
  • Masks & snorkels and hot outside showers!


  • Allow approximately 6 hours for the whole experience


  • Please Note: The availability of child seats is not guaranteed. The operator will contact you after booking if not available.

    Children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver at all times.

    All departures are subject to demand, sea and weather conditions.

    All bookings need to be reconfirmed by phone 24 hours prior to departure.

    All trips are smoking and alcohol-free.

    Passengers will be required to sail barefoot.

  • Please note: We do not target or swim with dolphins. Our encounters occur naturally and are often brief. Marine Mammal Protection regulations are strictly observed.

Available Bookings from October 21 to October 27

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Tue 27 Oct

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$100.00
  • Child$70.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$130.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$78.00
  • Child$70.00

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ingridb3 from Netherlands wrote on 16 March 2020

Relaxed and beautiful

Very relaxed. We saw wildlife like blue penguins, bottle nosed dolphins around and under our boat and even a kiwi on a beautiful island where we stopped for a while! That is really rare. The crew is very friendly and experienced. The captain takes time to talk to everyone. You can lay on the deck and just enjoy the sun or look if you can spot wildlife. Lovely! Lunch and snacks are included. I would definitely recommend this when you are in the bay of islands! A must do!

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Antoinette from Netherlands wrote on 15 March 2020

Amazing day on the water with Mike and Ben!

Do not hesitate to book this sailing trip! The service, lunch and snacks are really nice, the boat is beautiful and Mike the captain is a great storyteller! We had an awesome day, thanks again!!

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Kym Ringrose from Australia wrote on 12 March 2020

BOI’s Best Sailing Trip

If you’re looking for a relaxed, well catered, sailing day out in the Bay of Islands look no further than the Gungah II. Or in our case perfect outing for a surprise birthday present! From Captain Mike’s wealth of knowledge about the marine life and ecosystem in the BOI to Lucy’s warm hospitality and superb hosting skills this will be a day you won’t soon forget. Two pods of dolphins, some blue fairy penguins, a hammerhead shark, and a couple of sting rays you’ll get the full Attenborough experience. A stop for a quick snorkel and hike on Moturoa’s eastern end was one of many possible adventures on this tour. Truly a magical experience we won’t ever forget!

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Hi Kym Thanks for that! If back in Melbourne keep an eye out for Lucy she did head over for the party! Nga Mihi Mike

Stefan Bunte from Germany wrote on 11 March 2020

What an amazing trip

We did it twice ... best trip ever with a fantastic crew in one of the most beautiful spots ever seen. Thanks to Mike and Lucy from Stevie and Tina from Germany

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Hi Stevie and Tina Thank you for that mein gross artige crew! I hope you get to extend your holiday and see even more of NZ. All the best Mike

mirjanag from Australia wrote on 07 March 2020


If I could give 10 stars to this experience I would have given it! Everything was perfect! The captain, the vessel, the small number of people made this experience even greater! Thank you!

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Thank you Mirjana We really appreciate that vote of confidence from our Aussie mate! All the best Mike


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