Bay Of Islands Day Cruise:The Cream Trip - Paihia

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    1: Fullers GreatSights, Maritime Building 69 Marsden Road, Paihia 2020, New Zealand
    2: Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands (Russell), The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a Bay of islands cruise on the region's only authentic Cream Trip; a 100-year-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies to island residents.
Climb aboard a multi-level catamaran and venture out to sea with a knowledgeable crew to inform you along the way. See idyllic bays, Marsden Cross, local homes and natural landmarks like the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. Cruising through some 144 islands, be sure to watch out for whales, seals and other marine wildlife. Experience a unique local island by taking a walk or relaxing on the beach and climb in the boom net if you're looking for a thrill.
Opt to upgrade your tour with a Bay of islands dolphin swim (additional $30.00 per person) but be sure to pre-book this as there are limited spaces available.

Know More about this tour

Your one-of-a-kind Bay of islands cruise departs from the Paihia Wharf and then picks up more passengers about 10 minutes later in Russell you may hop aboard at either of these locations.

On board your jet-powered, multi-level catamaran with an underwater camera and both indoor and outdoor seating, cruise through the Bay of Islands named for its nearly 150 islands heading toward Cape Brett, the far eastern tip in the bay. Admire great views from the boat's spacious decks while you listen to the crew share information about the regions history and ecology. Keep your eyes open for marine life like seals, dolphins, whales, penguins and sea birds.

Your cruise isnt just for sightseeing, though its a Cream Trip, a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s when a boat was used to transport cream and other supplies between the islands and the mainland. This means youll get up-close views of sandy beaches and island homes as you stop to deliver mail and other supplies to local residents.

When you reach Cape Brett, check out its noted landmark, a natural arch known as Hole in the Rock. Then your captain will let you know if the weather and water conditions allow for swimming in an area where dolphins like to hang out(optional, must be pre-booked; own expense). If youre interested, you can use a provided wetsuit and snorkeling gear.

About halfway through the day, stop on a local Island for 1.5 hours of free time to take a scenic walk, go for a swim or relax on the beach. There is a full bar on board as well as tea, coffee and snacks available for purchase (own expense). Limited lunch options are also available but must be pre-ordered at least 24-hours prior to departure.

Your cruise ends with return to Russell and Paihia.


Luxury air-conditioned catamaran

Live commentary on board



Lunch (lunch must be pre-ordered at least 24 hours prior to your departure)

Food and drinks (drinks and limited snacks are available to purchase on board)

Swimming with dolphins (optional; weather permitting; NZ$30 per person, payable at the time; includes use of wetsuit, snorkeling gear and hot shower on board. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment as availability may be limited.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Vehicles are collapsible-wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations

Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions

It is recommended that you bring a jacket (it can get cool on the boat), hat and sunglasses; if you plan to swim, bring a swimsuit and towel

If you wish to pre-book lunch or swimming, please call the local operator on the number provided on your confirmation voucher. Please note lunch options are limited

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Feb-2020

    Great day out. Very friendly crew.
    Such fun in the boom net. Saw dolphins and a sun fish up close. Great value.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    Great day with lovely crew. Felt very safe and the crew were passionate about their work.

    They tried their best to find sea life and the commentary was very informative

  • 04-Mar-2019

    Weather conditions were not optimal when we set out so there were clear warnings that it might not be possible to visit/experience everything on offer, especially visiting the Hole in the Rock and swimming with dolphins. However, with a careful and expert captain in charge and conditions that improved we were able to do everything, which was fantastic. Captain was very knowledgeable and kept everyone well informed throughout.

  • 03-May-2018

    This trip was such good value for a full day out at sea, time to sit back and enjoy the sun and scenery. The crew were friendly and helpful, the lady skipper excellent and we were lucky enough to see dolphins and brown seals! Highly recommended

  • 02-Dec-2017

    lovely day out on Bay of Isles with great crew giving us commentary on history, fauna and flora and Maori culture

  • 23-Nov-2017

    We loved it! This cruise covers everything

  • 11-Nov-2017

    What a great day, the weather helped as it was superb. The trip around the bay gave a great vision of how many islands that there are. The information provided about the history, houses and area was spot on. The boat was comfortable and the service friendly and helpful. Highly recommended

  • 22-Oct-2017

    The captain neglected to check the tides the day we went. We got stuck on an island for about three hours and it was suppose to be an hour stop. The crew was not prepared and had to borrow a random 6 person dingy from some sailor that happen to be in the bay. We were then transferred to a bigger dingy and then finally taken to our cruise boat. Mind you, there was over 30 passengers on board. Once everyone made it on the cruise the captain announced that we were behind schedule and were not able to swim with the dolphins as planned. She reported there was no pods spotted and that we wouldn't have stopped anyway. That sure is a convenient answer. Returning back to land late....Fullers tried to make up for their mistake by giving everyone on board a free drink and 20 discount on tickets once we returned to land. I would have rather swam with the dolphins.

  • 08-Oct-2017

    Best cruise we went on while we were in New Zealand exciting and spectacular very highly recommended

  • 26-May-2017

    It was a great day! We stopped at many different locations. The crew were really welcoming and helpful - the captain was BRILLIANT! She added so much interest and fun to the day with her commentary, with where she took us and how she piloted the boat. A day to remember and excellent value for money!

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