Urupukapuka Island Nature & adventure

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Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

1. Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

Set off on a scenic 4.5 to 5-hour cruise to discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery and encounter diverse wildlife in an area soaked in rich culture and history. Board the black and yellow power cat at Paihia Wharf and be welcomed aboard by the friendly crew. Your crew will deliver a full safety briefing and overview of the trip. Cruise among the 144 islands and enjoy entertaining live commentary from your local knowledgeable skipper. Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, you can even travel through it. Spot local wildlife including dolphins, birds, seals and even the occasional whale with a success rate of over 90%. Your trip will also include a 1.5-hour island stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Enjoy free time to explore the island. If you wish, you can hire kayaks, or paddleboards (available during summer only) or just relax on the beach. You can also choose to extend your stay on the island and return on a later ferry (only available during summer).

Russell: Hole in the Rock Cruise & Island Stop

2. Russell: Hole in the Rock Cruise & Island Stop

Travel among the 144 remote islands of New Zealand's renowned Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided boat tour departing from Russell or Paihia and discover some of the most unique sights of this natural destination. Admire the stunning Hole in the Rock and stop to explore one of the islands. Set sail and surround yourself with the imposing rocky scenery of the Bay of Islands. Keep an eye out for a variety of marine wildlife as you cruise along the coastline. Listen to interesting commentary from your tour guide as they relay the history of the area. Visit the original landing site of Captain James Cook on Roberton Island. Experience Cathedral Cave on Motukokako Island and the famous Hole in the Rock. If weather permits, you'll even sail through it. Up next, take in the awe-striking Cape Brett Peninsula and its lighthouse. Stop at one of the islands along the way. Take a short walk toward a lookout point and help feed the schools of fish in the Voluntary Marine Reserve.

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What people are saying about Urupukapuka Island

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Great experience! It was a present to myself for my birthday and it was the best I could have done. We saw dolphins and even cruised through the hole of the rock. It was magical. The time at the island was beautiful as well. Definitely would do this trip again.

Cruise with fantastic and pleasant landscapes under the sun. Being French, we didn't fully understand the comments made by the Captain. A stopover on an island is made during the cruise. We saw dolphins, which is the little extra of this activity.

An enjoyable trip on the lake to see the carving. Both the captain and his mate were so very friendly and informative. Made you feel right at home. A nice touch also is Coffee or tea and a lovely warm muffin.

A great day out to one of the most beautiful parts of the world.. beautiful scenery and a great crew. Coffee n snacks available on the boat The stop at Otehei bay was great! Good beers in a beautiful spot

This tour was excellent. Our Admiral Andy - very knowlegable, skilled and funny. Enjoyed every part of this tour. Thankyou so much Edi & Neil