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Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise/Hike/Snorkel/Wildlife/Paddleboard
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Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise/Hike/Snorkel/Wildlife/Paddleboard

By Island Getaway Tours
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About
This afternoon cruise in the Bay of Islands allows you to explore without the crowds. Hop aboard a 20-passenger boat and enjoy two remote island stopovers with native bush walks and panoramic views. You’ll hear interactive commentary on this local, personalized tour. Plus: snorkel unfrequented island reefs and go stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).
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AU$119.01
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Ages 0-99, max of 22 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Bay of Islands afternoon cruise and island tour
  • Snorkeling and SUP equipment provided
  • Locally owned and operated: guides share intimate knowledge
  • Suitable for all ages: families, solo travelers, and couples

  • Small group tours
  • Scenic Cruise among 144 Islands
  • Two remote island stopovers
  • Swim, Snorkel and relax (all equipment provided)
  • Wildlife spotting, commentary and information throughout the day
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding (all equipment provided)
  • A truly personalised, local experience
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • Salt Air, Marsden Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand Departure Point: Paihia Wharf Address: Paihia Wharf, 69 Marsden Road Directions: Meet at the Salt Air Office (next to Paihia Wharf) 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66991P2

  • Suitable for families, couples and solo travellers
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Please bring a swimsuit & towel
  • Minimum numbers apply. (6 people) There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Water and something to eat is recommended.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers

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

How much is Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise/Hike/Snorkel/Wildlife/Paddleboard?
Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise/Hike/Snorkel/Wildlife/Paddleboard price starts from AU$118.57. Discover and book Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise/Hike/Snorkel/Wildlife/Paddleboard on Tripadvisor
What is the Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise/Hike/Snorkel/Wildlife/Paddleboard cancellation policy?
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  • You'll start at
    Salt Air
    Marsden Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Paihia Wharf Address: Paihia Wharf, 69 Marsden Road Directions: Meet at the Salt Air Office (next to Paihia Wharf) 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.
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    Bay of Islands
    Stop: 3 hours
    • Meeting at the Salt Air Office (Next to the Paihia Wharf) at 3.20pm, for our 3.30pm departure. Our crew will greet you and welcome you on board for the day • Take a seat as we begin cruising the sheltered coastline towards the outer islands • Keep and eye out for local wildlife as your skipper and crew will point out local hot-spots and provide plenty of history and information about the area.  • Our first stop is Roberton Island (also known as the famous Twin Lagoons) where we disembark and take a 10 minute walk amongst native flora and fauna to the island lookout point - a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay of Islands. • Take some time exploring the tidal lagoons, or take relax on this secluded island before making your way back on board the boat.  • Our tour continues as we cruise among the 144 islands the bay has to offer. Keep an eye out for marine life and unique shore birds that live in the area - sometimes we are lucky enough to spot dolphins and a variety of other wildlife throughout the day!!  • Arriving at our second island stop, we begin our activities....all equipment is available for you to discover the underwater reefs with snorkelling gear provided, and opportunities to give Stand-up Paddleboarding a try. • Take a walk along one of the island trails, enjoy a swim or relax on the unfrequented beaches in the warmth of the sun....some days, you can even try fresh NZ Kina (seafood)  - there are options for everyone.  • After our time on the second island, we begin our cruise back home through the islands following the coastline back into Paihia.  • Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple on a honeymoon, or a family on vacation, your visit to the Bay of Islands isn't complete until you have experienced our Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator
Island Getaway Tours
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Paihia, New Zealand
Joined in December 2016

#5 of 38 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Paihia
  • owentU48GT
    owentU48GT
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    A must do trip for the Bay of Islands
    Had a fantastic time on this half-day tour! The Staff was super professional and casually funny. Very attentive and always just seconds away to help open and close the clear windows if the sea spray or rain was too much. With multiple stops along the way, it was great to see an assortment of islands and the hikes/wildlife. I had forgotten about the snorkeling option on the second island stop and would remind everyone to bring a swimsuit. The boat was super clean and we even got blankets to keep us warm. A reminder that this tour is on the ocean and there were a few rougher spots as some of the islands are more exposed to the ocean but the staff was great at making us feel at ease. To maximize comfort I recomend taking your favorite motion sickness remedies beforehand. The actual hole in the rock is very impressive and we were lucky enough to see a penguin as well as many interesting fish and birds out on the water. I'll recommend this to everyone.
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    Bay Of Island - Hole in the Rock boat trip
    Awesome boat trip. The boat gets speedy at some points between islands which added to the experience. Stop offs at 2 islands for a chance to walk, explore, and take photos from viewpoints. Good commentary on the boat at certain sites. As the weather was good the boat was able to go through the Hole in the Rock. Well worth the trip. Value for money.
  • Explore35279143024
    Explore35279143024
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    Stunning hole in the rock tour
    Fantastic trip!! Got to see Dolphins, amazing weather!! Well worth the money. Staff on board are helpful, food and drinks can be purchased on board. We were lucky to go on a day that had such perfect weather. The captain was funny, good sense of humour. There was a good amount of time on one of the islands to chill out with food and a beverage. Water was pristine.
  • Jeremy G
    Jeremy G
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    Top Paihia Boat Cruise
    Excellent boat tour - operators really engaging and informative - all round great experience and plenty of involvement activities. Highly recommended and many thanks to the crew.
  • XXMED
    XXMED
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    We loved this trip and you will too.
    A heartfelt thanks to skipper Hamish and crew Tisha (beautiful korero) Bluebell and Nicole and boat Arataki for our incredible day island hopping in the Bay of Islands. From the stunning Motuarohia hilltop views, to not one but two passes through the imposing Hole in the Rock and then relaxing at Otehei Bay. It was all perfect.
  • jonpK1367PZ
    jonpK1367PZ
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    No dolhins!
    The trip was pleasant and the island stop-over provided some short hikes and great views. The publicity talks about all the dolphin species that one will spot during the trip: not a single sighting! This was very disappointing as it gives the impression that there will be multiple sightings and it was one of the main reasons for doing the trip.
  • Wander19514600287
    Wander19514600287
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    Lovely trip on the water in the Bay of Islands
    Saw lots of wildlife (bottle-nosed dolphins, korora, seals, terns, black backed gulls). This trip has 2 island stops because it can land by the beach, whereas others have only one). Very friendly and helpful locally based team - highly recommend
  • I3498WXteresab
    I3498WXteresab
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    Great
    The Crew was very friendly and helpful. They knew a lot and told us lots of interesting stories about the history of bay of Islands. We saw penguins, dolphins and even Orcas! A great experience. If it hat been warmer, i would have loved to snorkel. Definitely worthwhile!
  • G2148KSannab
    G2148KSannab
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    AMAZING!!!
    Wow amazing!!! We saw orcas and dolphins which were right beside the boat!!! Not only that, when watching the orcas/dolphins we were told interesting information about them from the crew which made it even more special and great. The history of the islands was clear and very interesting too. The crew were so great, cant recommend enough!!
  • Q427BQlizt
    Q427BQlizt
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    Fantastic way to spend a morning!
    Absolutely wonderful morning. Great and helpful crew. I throughly enjoyed my morning. The trip itself was fantastic .. saw lots and visited 2 islands and had an opportunity to walk and explore. Highly recommended
  • alexandersR3339BD
    alexandersR3339BD
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    Amazing tour in bay of islands
    Nice Skipper and Crew. Amazing places and views. Totally worth it. I really recommend it. We just decided on short notice to do the trip. Parking for caravans is close by. Trip was really good, and the chocolate on board really delicious. DO THE TOUR! :)
  • Sharon P
    Sharon P
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    Bay of Islands,many sites.
    Exceptional staff, relaxed comfortable boat trip where I didn't feel I was being squashed in.Local company with balanced knowledge and commendation. Local wildlife and sites.Plenty of time where we stopped to look around.
  • S5345RVrobv
    S5345RVrobv
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    Awesome, don't miss this tour.
    The boat tour was awesome, lots to see with great commentary provides. The boat crew were awesome, and we even got to see some Orcas near the hole the rock, which was a great bonus. I highly recommend this as the best way to experience the bay of Islands.
  • cassie2792
    cassie2792
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    Spectacular crew and views!
    We had amazing weather for our tour! The staff were the best and so friendly! It’s a locally run business and they share all their knowledge and history of the Bay of Islands. You get to see some incredible views and we were lucky enough to be able to cruise through the Hole in the Rock. Cannot recommend this tour if you want a highlight tour of the Bay of Islands!
  • Explore60064178840
    Explore60064178840
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    Check weather conditions yourself, provider won’t notify unless extreme weather
    We took the Hole in the Rock tour, boat service was great, staff was very friendly and caring. MetService forecast predicted bad weather for this day, there is also a boating forecast in MetService that predicted bad conditions (score 1) but the provider didn’t cancel so we thought it was ok. We didn’t end up seeing the Hole in the rock that day due obvious weather conditions. The provider should be more transparent about this and give customers the option to not go if they can’t see the place they are paying for. Check the weather conditions yourself and cancel 24h before if you want a refund because they won’t cancel unless extreme weather and won’t offer any partial refunds if you can’t make it to the destination you paid for.
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mangstmann
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Me and my friends did the 3 hour afternoon cruise in January 2020. First, we went to a stunning viewpoint and then to a beautiful beach where we could try stand up paddling or snorkeling. Even though we only had 3 hours in total, the tour didn't feel rushed at all. Linford was an exceptionally good guide - he explained everything in detail and was super friendly! I highly recommend the tour!
Written 30 January 2020
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Kathryn M
London, UK19 contributions
Jan. 2023
Fantastic few hours visiting Motuarohia and Urupukapuka islands on a comfortable boat. Lin and Gaby were very welcoming, knowledgeable and professional. I tried paddle boarding for the first time and felt supported throughout. Great snippets of history, and stunning late afternoon/sunset views all round!
Written 16 January 2023
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Colleen R
Tweed Heads, Australia396 contributions
Mar. 2020
This was a great trip and Jake and Blue made sure that everything was perfect. The boat ride was great and Jake mad sure that the speed we were travelling at was safe and comfortable. When the boat pulled in to shore they had a special ramp that was lowered down so that we did not have to jump off into the water. The morning tea on the beach was nice. It was a tough climb to the top of the mini mountain but well worth it once you made it. Traveled to another island where we had lunch and enjoyed a snorkel and paddle board.
Written 22 March 2020
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Karin Wuelker
5 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Solo
The tour was breathtaking and the team was very nice and helpful. It was also a small group, which I really liked. Everyone had a great view of the islands. The snorkeling and stand up paddling was really great. I have never done stand up paddling before, but the team instructed me well and I was able to enjoy the time on the water to the fullest. Thank you for this great tour.
I can recommend them to everyone.
Written 31 December 2022
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A_had
1 contribution
Jan. 2023 • Family
Really fun cruise. Small group which was really nice. The guides were friendly and helpful. Loved snorkelling and paddle boarding. Only suggestion is to probably have more than 4x paddle boards for a group of 20
Written 29 January 2023
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rav01
2 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Friends
Myself and my friend recently went out on the afternoon cruise with Lin and Gaby. Both were very knowledgeable and provided us with a continuous stream of information throughout the trip. We stopped off at 2 islands, enabling us to walk up to amazing viewing points and spend time on quiet coves. Snorkelling equipment and paddle boards were provided for everyone on board to use, so we were never short of something to do. Added bonus of spotting and swimming with a stingray in one of the coves. Highly recommend this trip- great value for money. Thank you both!!
Written 30 October 2022
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SueSneyd
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
Nov. 2022
Fab crew, beautiful islands and perfect amount of time. Lin & Eloise as our crew were friendly, fun and helpful sharing stories of the islands and getting us safely to and from two beach landings. Excellent hike up a small hill with amazing views of the islands. Snorkeling and SUP at another island and very calm bay - excellent teaching Eloise! Tips: bring water, snacks, wear bathing suit as no changing areas. Thanks to the team for flexibility in picking us up in Russell and dropping us off in Paihia
Written 28 November 2022
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David S
Maui, HI48 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Couples
Had a great trip with Captain Wayne and Josh. Fabulous time on the water: great trip to an island hike with spectacular views, and on to a small bay with no one else for SUP and snorkeling. Would do this trip again and again. Great value; great crew.
Written 2 March 2023
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Leigh Z
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Dec. 2021 • Family
Mate, if you want value for money look no further.

I'm terrible with names, so I've forgotten the name of our skipper. Don't mistake my lack of short term memory for him not being memorable. The bro was amazing, caring, fun, and full of knowledge.

He went out of his way to help my son build a hutt on the beach. Perfect pronunciation of Maori words really shows he is in touch with paihia and the culture. Everyone felt safe, comfortable and by the end of the trip everyone left with smiles.

Found out he went to a rival school to myself, we never had any animosity ;)
Written 31 December 2021
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Thibault D
3 contributions
Feb. 2023
Great condensed tour to view the highlights of the Bay of islands but still have the time for a quick hike and some water fun. The crew is very friendly and fun to be with! If you don't have a full day this is the best experience around.
Written 15 February 2023
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