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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

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Paihia, New Zealand
Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore subtropical islands, Maori heritage sites and golden beaches on this cruise around the Bay of Islands from Paihia. Soak up the scenery as you float between the bay’s 144 islands, sail straight through the iconic Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) and tuck into a BBQ lunch or dinner at the stunning Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Along the way, spot dolphins swimming and playing alongside the boat.
  • Fun for all ages—a great choice for families
  • Sail through the famous Hole in the Rock archway (weather permitting)
  • Spot dolphins in their natural environment
  • Live commentary on-board ensures you don’t miss anything
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Cruising among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary
Nature Guide on board to answer your questions and provide commentary
1.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island
When conditions permit, get up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock
Transportation to/from attractions
Lunch

Departure Point

Bay Of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

27 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation
  • This trip is suitable for children
  • Life jackets will be supplied in the event of an emergency
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Group Limited

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers.

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ALRIGHT
Leah_W
, Apr 2021
Really enjoyed the scenery. However on booking details it should tell you what to bring eg.... packed lunch, towel for swimming and stopping at the island of Otehei bay.
star-5
Tour to paradise...
vikramjeet_s
, Apr 2021
Great adventure .best part was going through the hole in the Rock .Commentary on board was very knowlegable and funny at times .
star-5
Enjoyed
Manpreet_S
, Jan 2021
Enjoyed the tour alot, cruise was big and took us to alotof different sights while going .... must do
star-5
Great Cruise!
Thomas_K
, Mar 2020
Wonderful, informative cruise on a very safe and comfortable ship. We got great pictures of dolphins up close and of the beautiful scenery. The captain crew was great the food on the island was very good. I highly recommend this trip and the cost was very reasonable.
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Hole in the Rock trip
Geoffrey_W
, Mar 2020
Very well structured trip out to Hole in the Rock Lucky with the weather Boat had excellent viewing area and seating Geoff UK
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Hope in the rock
George
, Mar 2020
Very good trip. Crew were informative and knowledgeable, boat was clean and comfortable. Barbecue lunch was very good with plenty of choice.
star-5
Great day on the water
Diana
, Mar 2020
We had a lovely day as the weather was great for swimming. I think it might have been different on a wet day. This cruise was lovely, even though the water was too rough to go through the hole in the rock it was still worth seeing. The crew were informative ..and the lunch was tasty!!!
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Well worth the money
Nicole_S
, Feb 2020
Going to the island for lunch was the highlight - you get a good feeling of the Bay of Islands being out there. I eat vegan and gluten free and lunch was perfect for me. If I did it again, I would have taken the early boat to the island and late boat back - there were nice tracks to walk, kayak and snorkel rentals and a beautiful beach to swim. Even with almost 2 hours there, I could have stayed longer.
star-3
Bay of islands cruise
anniemanktelow
, Jan 2020
Very pleasurable afternoon out on a boat in local waters. The Staff very friendly. BBQ good. ..........
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Bay of Islands
Maps502039
, Dec 2019
Unfortunately, the weather and seas were not favourable for us to do the trip in the Bay of Islands that we were booked on - that is getting to the Hole in the Rock. Congrats to the staff who made sure the customer safety was the main priority tho. We did have a trip around some of the islands and had commentary on various things that were of interest. Not something that anyone could control.

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