Cruises to Bay Of Islands

New Zealand

Bay Of Islands


The Bay Of Islands is one of the most socially and culturally significant locations in New Zealand. It is also famous for being exquisitely, even breathtakingly beautiful.

The Bay of Islands is an ancient flooded river valley in New Zealand’s Northland region, near the top of the North Island. It’s a mecca for sailing, dolphin watching, swimming, sea kayaking, scuba diving, jet boating, fishing and even surfing.

At A Glance


Population

148,470 - Northland region (2006 census)

Language

English and Te Reo Maori

Government

Parliamentary Democracy

Currency

New Zealand Dollar

Bay Of Islands Shore Tours


Most Popular

Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port

Historic Waitangi & Kerikeri

BI1025

3.5 hours

Adult: $109.99pp

Child: $79.99pp

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Island & Cave Adventure

BI1095

2 hours

Adult: $85.99pp

Child: $85.99pp

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Hokianga Harbour & Kauri Forest

BI1020

7.5 hours

Adult: $179.99pp

Child: $129.99pp

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Must See

Our handpicked Shore Tours are a must for any guest.

Bay of Island Hole in the rock cruise

BI1030

3 hours

Adult: $139.99pp

Child: $139.99pp

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Glow Worm Cave & Puketi Kauri Forest

BI1100

5 hours

Adult: $99.99pp

Child: $89.99pp

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Maori Culture & Paihia Highlights

BI1090

5 hours

Adult: $125.99pp

Child: $99.99pp

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What To See


Take a cruise

The area abounds in marine and bird life. Seals, dolphins and, sometimes whales can be spotted in the sparkling waters inside, and just off the bay. Cruise out of the bay to experience “the Hole in the Rock”.

See the giant Kauri trees

Just a 30-minute drive from the Bay of Islands you can find New Zealand’s magnificent, giant Kauri trees. Waipoua Forest is home to the largest and oldest living rainforest trees in the world, including the famous “Tane Mahuta”, which is believed to be over 2000 years old.

Catch a ferry to Russell

A quick ferry ride across the water from Paihia is the charming township of Russell. Once a shore-leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders, this tranquil place was known as “the hell hole of the Pacific”. Today it remains a favourite spot for boaties seeking safe anchorage, and is also a popular tourist destination. Discover its historic buildings, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and beautiful colonial architecture.

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DOCKING

Your ship will anchor in the bay and the ship’s tender boats will transfer you ashore to Waitangi Wharf. From here a shuttle service will transfer you into the township of Paihia. Paihia township is located approximately three kilometres from the pier and is an approximate 25-25 minute walk.

Getting Around

Taxis are available pier-side.

DINING

Enjoy fresh, local cuisine including seafood and award winning wines.

Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.

SHOPPING

The main shopping area can be found along Williams Road in Paihia. Shop for souvenir items including bone carvings, leather, local wood crafts, sheepskin and paua jewellery. If you’re on the lookout for Maori arts and crafts, make sure they’re authentic. The better pieces should be accompanied by a trademark toi iho symbol.

CLIMATE

The Bay of Islands has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, particularly in summer. Located almost as far north as you can go, the Bay of Islands often tends to be a couple of degrees warmer than Auckland. Rain is sporadic and wind can pick up fairly quickly, so be prepared!

CREDIT CARDS

Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.

Communication

Public telephones and internet access are available along the waterfront in Paihia and Russell. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.

WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE

To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and a warm, waterproof jacket in case it gets windy or starts to rain.

SHORE TOURS

There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in the Bay of Islands. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.

ENVIRONMENT

Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.

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