Bay of Islands Cruises
Albatross V Expeditions
A brand new attraction to the Bay this season, Albatross V is an absolute delight to be on board. With a gentle relaxed cruise around the Bay, stopping at selected coves for eco discoveries and islands walks. Swing off the hi ab arm into the warm waters of the bay for a few thrills before lunching onboard. Captain Warren will make your day in one way or another; this trip is a must do.
Departs Russell 10:00
Explore one of the islands of the Bay and discover all that is on offer at your leisure. Relax in the peace and quiet or fill your day with island activity in this stunning island setting. Get out to the island on our quick ferry transfer to spend the day at your leisure. Multiple departures daily. Swimming, walking, snorkelling for the whole day or part of it. Otehei Bay has a fully licensed cafe where you can also rent kayaks. A family pass for 2 adults and 2 children is $95. Timetable here.
5 Departures daily
Best value option to discover the Hole in the Rock. Return cruise to the Hole in the Rock via Otehei Bay. Travel through the Hole in the Rock passing Cape Brett lighthouse. Full commentary given by knowledgeable skipper. Extend your stay at Otehei Bay and return on one of our ferries for no additional charge.
Departs Russell 12:40
Swim with the dolphins, conditions permitting. This is a sensational day out in the Bay, enjoy the beauty of the inner islands as you cruise amongst them on your way out to Motukokako Island and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, glide into grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the islands for an hours lunch stop in a secluded bay. Take your picnic lunch ashore and enjoy, snorkeling, hiking, swimming or just relax and take in the scenery. An additional fee of $30.00 applies for anyone wishing to swim, it is recommended to pre-book the swim as spaces to do so are limited.
Dolphin Swim $30
Departs Russell 9:40am
Explore – Discover the Bay
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. We also view dolphins on over 90% of our trips along with other wildlife. Your trip will also include a 1.5hr island stop at Otehei Bay for a BBQ lunch or platter on the Department of Conservation’s Urupukapuka Island. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings; cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands.
Departs Russell 9:10am & 2:10pm
Fullers Great Sights – Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching
Spend half a day cruising through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard Dolphin Seeker. Enjoy large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay and keep a look out for dolphins, whales and other marine life. See the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave then visit one of the Bays beautiful islands – take a stroll or unwind on the white sandy beach. Can interact with Bottlenose Dolphins on the afternoon cruise only
Departs Russell 9:10am & 1:40
Island Adventurer – Cliffs & Caves + Walking
Get up close and personal with the islands of the Bay from the comfort of Island Adventurer, our 13-metre Naiad boat. Cruise to the back of Roberton Island and explore the caves, the entrances to the lagoons and sheer cliffs that form the seaward protection of these beautiful islands.
Bay of Islands Twin Tour
The double dip
Two days of activities, one great saving! Explore have 3 options to mix and match: Dune Rider with Discover the Bay, Dolphin Discovery and or Hole in the Rock trips. Journey to the top of New Zealand, Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach in our unique Dune Rider vehicle. Let our drivers immerse you in the culture and history of the area, while taking in the amazing scenery. The Dune Rider vehicle is purpose built to go off-road and will take you to the highlights of the Far North off the beaten track. Afterwards you get to choose your next ocean adventure!
Dune Rider plus Discover the Bay – Adults $215 Child $110
Dune Rider plus Dolphin Discovery – Adults $195 Child $95
Dune Rider plus Hole in the Rock – Adults $210 Child $105