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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$ 106.69
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Discover the Bay MorningMost Popular
9am morning departure ex Paihia. Includes BBQ Lunch in Otehei Bay.
From US$ 106.69
Discover the Bay Winter
10 am departure with packed lunch on Otehei Bay weather permits.
From US$ 106.69
Discover the Bay Afternoon
2:00pm departure ex Paihia 2:10pm ex Russell. Includes early dinner in Otehei Bay.
From US$ 106.69
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.
Reviews (45)
1 - 5 of 24 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago
Picture perfect

My husband and I did the cruise in late November. The knowledge of the crew was great. We saw many islands and formations and loads of bottle nosed dolphins 🐬 We had a BBQ lunch on Otehei Bay. It was so beautiful just sitting and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jodie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Relaxing And Scenic Cruise

I was quite impressed with the cruise! The boat was comfortable and we were lucky enough to have been booked on a day and time when there were few passengers so the boat was quiet and there were plenty of seats. The commentary was quite...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank itsaanisha
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Manager at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora itsaanisha. Thanks for leaving us a review, we are glad you enjoyed your time out on our Discover the Bay tour. Thanks for choosing Explore. 😊 ^AP

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Discovering dolphins AND whales

We had an amazing day on the Explore Bay of Islands tour. On the cruise in the morning on the way to the Hole in Rock we did not see any dolphins for a while but the skipper gave us loads of fascinating history about...More

1  Thank AltabasTravels
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora AltabasTravels. We are thrilled you were able to experience seeing a humpback whale, her calf and dolphins on your trip! We are so lucky to be able to share this amazing backyard with others, so we're glad you enjoyed your time out with...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A great way to see the Bay of Islands

Went as a family of four on this amazing trip. The skipper and crew were excellent - very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The scenery is something to behold - breathtaking. Getting to salt along with dolphins was magical. We also stopped at an island for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jason_King1969
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora Jason_King1969. Thank you for your lovely feedback! Our team love sharing this magical place with others and we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, we hope to see you again sometime in the future 🌞

Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile
Well worth it

Staff arranged pick up from lodge to harbour & return. Very friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Bay of islands. Seen orcas. Stunning views. We travelled through the hole in the rock. Stopped at Otehei Bay for BBQ. Must say there was plenty...More

Thank sarahjG4639DI
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora sarahjG4639DI. It’s great to hear you had such a good time here in Aotearoa’s beautiful Northland! The Discover the Bay Cruise is a great way to get out and explore all that the Bay Of Islands has to offer. Fun Fact: Orcas in...More

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