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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

  • 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
Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia
From USD 99.27
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Discover the Bay MorningMost Popular
9am morning departure ex Paihia. Includes BBQ Lunch in Otehei Bay.
USD 101.27
Discover the Bay Winter
10 am departure with packed lunch on Otehei Bay weather permits.
USD 99.27
Discover the Bay Afternoon
2:00pm departure ex Paihia 2:10pm ex Russell. Includes early dinner in Otehei Bay.
USD 101.27
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 (36)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Absolutely fantastic! Support the local operator!

Our family of five cannot find fault with this tour. With 25 people on board ( as opposed to the 80+ squashing onto the Fullers boat) we loved this tour. Recommend you spend the little extra for this discovery tour as it includes a fantastic...More

Thank melaussie2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fantastic experience

Captain Felix and Prince Marty were brilliant making sure everyone was feeling well in the swell and getting us amongst the pod of dolphins who frolicked all around the boat. Lunch at Otehei Bay exceeded our expectations. Well worth the time and money

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Bay of Island Tour!

Went to this tour on 18th of September, Departed from Paihia. Staff was friendly and fun. They made a lot of jokes and kept us busy by helping them to find marine mammals. The reward was a chocolate bar! Unfortunately, due to the bad weather,...More

Thank derekleegh
Reviewed 31 August 2018 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
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