Island Cliffs And Caves Adventure Tour

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Take in the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands during a 2-hour sightseeing cruise on a nimble boat that gets you in close to the sights. Depart from either Paihia or Russell and enjoy great photo ops of landmarks like Black Rocks, Urupukapuka Island, Roberton Island (Motuarohia Island) and marine life such as dolphins and seals. Hear informative onboard commentary and have the option to disembark at Urupukapuka Island to snorkel and explore on your own before taking a later boat back (8:30am departure only).

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Hop on board your Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise at either the Paihia Wharf or Russell Wharf, then cruise at a leisurely pace through the Bay of Islands. Your boat is a small-size vessel that can maneuver with ease, allowing your captain to get close to the sights.

Comfortably seated in your boat's all-weather cabin, hear about the region's history and wildlife from your informative captain. Keep your eyes open for marine animals such as dolphins, seals, whales, penguins and other sea birds.

Travel to famous spots such as Black Rocks, and check out the lagoons, caves and sheer cliffs around Roberton Island (Motuarohia), before landing at the beach and walking to Cook's Lookout for panoramic views of the Bay of Islands.

Admire the pretty beaches and hills of Urupukapuka Island, the largest island in the region. If you would like to explore Urupukapuka on your own, you can head out on a morning cruise and disembark on the island for the day. Simply select the option at booking and catch an afternoon boat to return to your starting point.

Inclusions for Island Cliffs And Caves Adventure Tour

  • Optional Urupukapuka Island extension (8:30am departure only)

Exclusions for Island Cliffs And Caves Adventure Tour

  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Bring casual clothes, comfortable shoes and swimming gear

Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions

Please advise of any medical conditions prior to departure

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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  • Seas were a little rough to go out into the ocean, but there was plenty to see in the area we covered in 2 hours. Pulled into a cave thrilling while in the boat. Fast cruiser held about 20-30 passengers up to about 30-34 mph. Not too much rocking for such a trip, i'm pleased to add. Stopped at an island beach for 20-30 minutes but even in summer the waters were too chilly for me or others. Great way to get up close to the islands in the bay.

  • Fantastic tour. Entire team was friendly and went out of their way to ensure we made it back to our cruise ship in time for departure. Thanks guys, highly recommended!

  • Our tour was rescheduled by the operator, to 2pm. So on the day we re-booked back to an 8am cruise by the same operator (dolphin watching + hole in rock). This was better as it rained later in the day. It also gave us much more time to get back to the ship. My wife and child were seasick, so beware.

  • This was a WONDERFUL tour. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but our skipper was awesome and so was our guide.


  • The weather on the day made this tour all the more enjoyable...the boat and staff were outstanding with a great itinerary, cliffs, cave and beach landing for a swim or a walk up a peak for spectacular scenery. The crew were formative, casual, respectful and friendly...always a good recipe for a great day out.

  • Beautiful Scenery in a modern boat - excellent commentary. Very happy.

  • So, somehow we bought tickets for the wrong day. The lady helping us offered a longer trip for the same price. I suspect that we would have enjoyed the 2 hour trip more, but we saw pretty much the whole harbour, plus dolphins 2 species and the Hole in the Rock.

  • We really enjoyed this tour.
    My neice and I chose this as a independent shore tour on a cruise ship visit for about one third the cost of anything on offer from the ship.

    The fast boat was fun might be a bit rock n roll in rough weather and the bays, islands, and rocks were visually stunning..... Only the one cave visit, but the two hours covered a good section of the area.
    We enjoyed glimpses of Russell while picking up and dropping of passengers you could take regular ferry to Russell before joining.

    A highlight was the visit to Motuarohia island where Captain Cook went ashore and scaled the peak you can too if energetic ..... We chose a quick swim in the gorgeous lagoon.

    My only regret is I wish the tour went a little longer to allow more time on Motuarohia

    Remember if doing this as a cruise ship shore tour alternative .... It is a Tender Port which makes the early tour8.30am and the afternoon tour 2pm impossible due to the time needed for the tender process. We did the 11am tour.... This allowed time to get an early tender, walk from Waitangi to Paihia shuttles are available , have a look around before the tour.

    We had a fabulous weather day.... And of course that turns beautiful into spectacular.

  • The half day tour is only 3 hours and even on a clear day, we couldn't go inside the cave. That said, the bay is beautiful and you need a boat to seen even half of it. Worth it.

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