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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

Highlights
  • 4-hour Bay of Islands cruise from Paihia
  • Sail through the famous Hole in the Rock archway
  • Take part in the Maori Living Today experience at Otehei Bay
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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia
From US$ 99.79
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Discover the Bay MorningMost Popular
9am morning departure ex Paihia. Includes BBQ Lunch in Otehei Bay.
US$ 101.80
Discover the Bay Winter
10 am departure with packed lunch on Otehei Bay weather permits.
US$ 99.79
Discover the Bay Afternoon
2:00pm departure ex Paihia 2:10pm ex Russell. Includes early dinner in Otehei Bay.
US$ 101.80
Overview
Explore subtropical islands, Maori heritage sites and golden beaches on this 4-hour 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 experience Maori culture at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Along the way, tuck into lunch and afternoon tea on-board and spot dolphins swimming and playing alongside the boat.
What to Expect
Cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings.

Cruise among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary including a visit to the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, travel through it. View dolphins, with a success rate of over 90% of our trips along with other wildlife.

Your trip will also include an island stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island with full catering (lunch or early dinner) and an opportunity to interact with our experienced Nature Guides.
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Reviews (33)

1 - 5 of 12 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Wonderful day out

I booked this activity/cruise as a special thing to do to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was an absolutely wonderful trip in a most beautiful area. Relaxing, fun and informative. Wonderful to be able to stop for lunch on Urupukapuka Island and go for a...More

Thank FreeasabirdPK
Reviewed 30 July 2018
Amazing day creating amazing memories

Being "boaties" we were so appreciative to have a beautiful calm day to go out to the "Hole in the Rock" at Paihia and go through the “hole” which is such an iconic site in the Bay of Islands. The crew on the boat were...More

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 24 June 2018
Calm sea`s, Dolphins, clear skies. Magic

What a wonderful experience. The three of us so enjoyed our adventure out on the Bay. With glassy seas and clear skies we couldn`t have asked for a better day. We were able to travel alongside a pod of Dolphin for quite a distance. Gavin...More

1  Thank NancyH3589
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Speciallist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Kia Ora Nancy H. Thanks for taking the time to review your trip with us. Here at Explore Group, we pride ourselves in offering guests unique experiences in amazing places, and we're really happy to hear we were able to share this experience with you...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Great way to see the Bay

My partner and i did the 2pm sailing from Paihia on Sunday 3rd June, this was a rain check day as Saturday all sailings were cancelled unfortunately due to a big drenching in Northland. Sunday was thankfully sunny and the wind had died down so...More

1  Thank Miss_Meg_NZ
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Speciallist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Kia Ora Miss_Meg_NZ. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Sorry to hear about the weather, but sounds like you made the most of what you could despite the wind and rain :) Thanks for...More

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Ocean, dolphins and scenery was jaw dropping but it was the team on board that made it such a standout day

Skipper Tim and guides Marty and Donna were a world class act. The banter and conversations replaced straight commentary, the informative yet funny stories replaced a set 'speal', this was incredibly professional yet highly entertaining at the same time. A nice blend team - you've...More

2  Thank 2018Ambassador
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Speciallist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Kia Ora 2018Ambassador. On behalf of Explore Group I am so happy to hear you had an amazing time with us, and thanks for taking the time to write your lovely review. Our staff love what they do, so i'm glad this came across and...More

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