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Bay of Islands: 5-Hour Day Cruise and Island Getaway Tour

1. Bay of Islands: 5-Hour Day Cruise and Island Getaway Tour

Escape the crowds and experience the Bay of Islands on a personalised, small-group, interactive boat cruise. Combine the best activities of the Bay of Islands with interactive and informative commentary for an amazing day excursion. Stop at Roberton Island and disembark for a 10-minute walk along a native bush trail. At the end of the trail discover a breathtaking 360-degree viewpoint over the bay. Enjoy a complimentary beachside morning tea provided by the crew and have the opportunity to explore the tidal lagoons. Climb back on board and continue cruising among the 144 islands of the Bay keeping a lookout for marine wildlife and unique shorebirds. Your second island stop takes you to one of the Bay of Islands’ most secluded and unfrequented bays. Snorkel and explore the underwater reefs, take a walk along the island trail and try stand-up paddleboarding. Relax on the beach or jump in the water for a swim, do as much or as little as you want.

Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

2. Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

Embark on a magical day sailing adventure in the Bay of Islands. Experience the Kiwi barefoot culture for yourself as you step straight from Paihia's beachfront onto a modern catamaran.  Set sail through the bay's 144 islands to a remote island stopover aboard Kopiko, a 33-foot performance catamaran built for speed, comfort, and style. Lend the friendly crew a hand with sailing the boat, or spread out with plenty of deck space where you can grab a bean bag and chalk up some leisure time. Discover a wealth of wildlife from seabirds, stingrays, seals, penguins, to dolphins.  Arrive in a stunning bay, where you'll anchor close to the beach. Step off onto the island and enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. Enjoy short walking trails, picturesque views, snorkeling, paddleboarding, swimming, or digging your toes into the sand. After your island adventures, set sail and watch the wind fill the sails as you relax on the return trip. 

Paihia: Twin Lagoon Sailing Cruise with Island Visit

3. Paihia: Twin Lagoon Sailing Cruise with Island Visit

Take a cruise from Paihia and discover the natural beauty of Motuarohia Island. Admire the beautiful coastline and go ashore on the island to explore its spectacular sights. Sail to Motuarohia Island and see the twin lagoons. Take a walk to the most picturesque viewing point in the whole of the Bay of Islands. Return for a refreshing swim at the beach. Join the boat again for the relaxing return trip.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 19 reviews

This was honestly the most amazing day for our family. My husband, mother and 3 kids. Lyn was amazing, he is really knowledgeable and we learnt a lot about the Islands, nature and Maori culture. The boat is nice and small and there were only 3 familys on-board. We stopped at Robertson Island which had some stunning views at the top, we also had cookies and tea for lunch. From there we went to Moturua Island for a swim, paddle boarding and snorkelling. We took our own lunch and just relaxed. Our kids said "this was the best day ever" hehe. He even educated us on kina's and our kids enjoyed tasting it. We highly recommend this tour/day trip. You won't regret it at all. Will come back again. A++++

Fantastic experience, can’t recommend enough. Luke and his team thought of everything and we felt very well cared for. We had an awesome girls trip on the boat, swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding. We also enjoyed hearing information about the area and part of our ticket even went towards a local native bird sanctuary. Very worthwhile experience

Was such a great day! Our hosts were brilliant! They were so informative and helpful. They took us to some amazing spots and can take you to the most sheltered area for swimming and snorkeling on the day! The scenery was spectacular

Unfortunately we couldn't go on this particular trip as the weather was to bad...but they quickly arranged for an alternative and refunded the extra payment. Very helpful and lovely to deal with.

Awesome skipper, informative tour, activities were on-schedule and child-friendly