Half-Day Bay Of Islands Discovery Tour From Paihia

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Join this half-day tour of the wonderful Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area rich in culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. A tour you will never forget!


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Ideal choice for families

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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) andan opportunity to interact with our experienced Nature Guides.

Inclusions for Half-Day Bay Of Islands Discovery Tour From Paihia

  • Lunch or early dinner at Explore's Otehei Bay during your island stop at Urupukapuka Island
  • Opportunity to stay longer on the Island and board a later ferry back to the mainland during the summer
  • Cruising among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary
  • A free Russell Happy Ferry ticket to return from Russell at a later time

Exclusions for Half-Day Bay Of Islands Discovery Tour From Paihia

  • Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation

This trip is suitable for children

Life jackets will be supplied in the event of an emergency

During the winter period we operate the Discover the Bay cruise with the opportunity to view and interact with dolphins.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Our skipper was fabulous with tons of information given!! It was very rough the day we went out so the people outside got wet! I would recommend taking a seasickness pill before venturing out. The lunch at the bay was wonderful! We were lucky enough to see some dolphins as we were heading back to port. I would highly recommend this trip!

  • We really enjoyed this tour. The Captain was informative and easy to understand. Unfortunately the water was too rough to get through the hole in the rock, but the Captain got us unbelievably close. The company pledges that if you do not see aquatic mammals they will offer a free voucher for another time. We did not see any and one of the crew began to fill out the vouchers for everyone. At the last minute on the way back we came across a large pod of dolphins including a baby dolphins. Highly recommended!!

  • Fantastic experience, seeing rarest of birds - albatross in particular

  • After hurrying through a morning excursion to be on time we arrive and find out the time has been changed to a half hour later. Also, we would not see or go through the hole in the rock in a fast boat. The boat was down for maintenance. Viator was notified but we were not. Would have cancelled.

  • This was a great tour. Boat was clean, crew were very friendly and helpful. We spotted dolphins and were able watch them for about 10 minutes before touring around the islands. The narration was very informative and going thru the hole in the rock was fun. The lunch was really good - lots of variety and filling. It was cooler weather the day we were there so not warm enough to get in the water but we very much enjoyed walking up to the highest point to get a 360 view of the bay and islands. There were sheep all over the hillside with their babies so that was kinda cool to walk along the trail and have the sheep roaming around us nearby. We had about 1.5 hours on the island before boarding the boat again. We were able to be dropped off in Russell so we could spend some time looking around there - the crew was very helpful in making sure we knew which ferry to use to get back to Paihia and the departure times, etc. We sat up top the 1st part of the tour but moved down to the back of the boat for the last part - we enjoyed sitting on the back - less wind, less crowded and good views. Would definitely recommend this tour!

  • This trip was a lot of fun, the day we were booked to go we discovered it was going to rain. We went into the office and asked if we could change our day, no problem, the girl on the desk checked the coastal weather chart and changed our day there and then. An amazing day good commentary and at the BBQ stop of the captain came around and spoke to everyone asking if we had any questions or recommendations etc. - a memorable day.

  • Definitely a 5 star outing, starting with the dolphins playing and jumping out of vessels wake. Many fine pictures to the lunch served on one of the islands. Last but not least, the boat travelling thru cave.

  • Good value trip ... especially on a sunny day ! Pleasant stop for good lunch on the island. Boat was busy outside and not sufficient seating for all. Unfortunately the sea was too rough for the boat to pass through the hole.

  • A fun ride and lunch while riding the waters in the Bay of Islands. Amazing view of the Hole in the Wall rocks

  • We arrived by ship and needed to catch a tender to go ashore. Lots of fog and didn't get off the ship until late and missed this excursion.
    I rang the company and talked to the lovely Jewels who was fantastic. When we arrived late and our original excursion had left, they had arranged a smaller trip for us at a later time out to the same place The Hole in Rock but with a bit more thrill. My wife and I had the best time ever.
    This company is fantastic, thank you again, we enjoyed our day with you and highly recommend you to all our friends.
    Gary Palise

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