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Discover the Bay of Islands Cruise - Half Day

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Discover the Bay of Islands Cruise - Half Day


  • Cruising among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary
  • Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock
  • Enjoy Otehei Bay

Tour the beautiful Bay of Islands with this half day cruise, heading amongst the 144 islands of the bay. Visit the incredible Hole in the Rock before enjoying a relaxing afternoon at Otehei Bay.

What's Included?

  • 3.5 hours scenic cruising
  • Nature Guide on board to answer your questions and provide commentary
  • When conditions permit, get up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock
  • 1 hour stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island
  • Dolphin viewing on over 90% of trips along with birdlife, whales and seals

Board your boat from Paihia or Russell wharf where crew will welcome you aboard. As you depart Russell, the crew will deliver a full safety briefing and overview of the trip and your skipper will provide full commentary of the journey. If weather conditions are suitable you will travel through the iconic Hole in the Rock. Enjoy the opportunity to spot the wildlife including dolphins, birds, seals and even the occasional whale! Absorb Urupukapuka Island's rich and long history at the Otehei Bay Island Conservation Centre. Also learn about the restorative work of Project Island Song to return native bird life back to the Bay.

This experience is part of the Responsible range as it holds an Enviro-Gold award for its environmental and community efforts and its support to various conservation projects.

Session Length

  • 4.5 hours


  • Adults: 16 years +
  • Children: 5-15 years
  • Lunch is not included. Food and drinks are available to purchase at Otehei Bay Café during the island stop at own expense
  • Dress to the weather conditions and wear flat soled shoes


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

This experience takes place in the Bay of Islands, departing either Russell or Paihia.

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