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Bay of Islands Small Group Tour & Cruise from Auckland

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13 hrs
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Set sail on a picturesque cruise through the Bay of Islands. Explore one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations with a professional guide while learning about the area's history and viewing its wonderful marine life.


  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Bay of Islands on this professionally guided tour.

  • Marvel at the natural beauty of Whangarei Falls and the picturesque views of the sunny seaside town of Paihia.

  • Cruise past the majestic cliffs and sheltered coves which make up the Bay of Islands.

  • Relax on the pristine beaches of Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island.

  • Spot dolphins, whales, and other wildlife as you explore New Zealand’s most popular tourist destination.

  • Learn about the history and culture of New Zealand with expert guides.


  • Cruise with expert English-speaking guide

  • Small group

  • Bottled water

  • Snacks

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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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From The City of Sails to Paihia, The Quaint Town

The Bay of Islands Explorer tour begins in Auckland, New Zealand’s “City of Sails”. From the moment you arrive in Auckland, you’ll be surrounded by the famed natural beauty of this country. After a short drive north, you’ll arrive at Whangarei Falls, one of the many beautiful waterfalls in New Zealand. Take in the views and sounds of the falling waterfalls as you stroll along the nature trail.

The gorgeous village of Paihia, with its numerous stores and restaurants, is where you'll go next. Explore this charming coastal town that is brimming with art galleries and coffee shops while your guide buys the cruise tickets.

Sailing Through the Bay of Islands

You'll board a cruise ship in Paihia for a relaxing journey around the Bay of Islands. It's a terrific opportunity to see dolphins, whales, or even both with luck, as well as learn about the area's history and culture. You may also get to see the well-known Hole in the Rock, depending on the weather.

A trip to the Bay of Islands would be incomplete without some beach time on one of the islands. The next stop is Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island, where you may swim, walk along the white sand beach, climb the hill for stunning views, or simply relax and recharge at the island's bar and café.

As the trip draws to a close, you will have some free time on the bay. You may opt to rest and take in the view, or you can choose to tour Russell, the country's first capital, or the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty that founded New Zealand as a nation was signed.


Auckland | Whangarei Falls | Paihia | Bay of Islands Cruise | Hole in the Rock - Cape Brett | Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island | Free Time in the Bay

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Important Information

  • It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes as the tour requires a fair amount of travel.

  • Be sure to apply sunscreen and carry swimwear and sunglasses as you will be spending some time on the beach.


  • The timings are subject to change. Please check the booking page to see the timings on your intended day of visit.

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  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID during the pick-up.

Pick-Up Points

  • This tour includes pick-up points

  • On the day of your tour, arrive 15-20 minutes before the scheduled time at the pick-up point.

  • In the next step of booking, please select the pick-up location.

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