Bay of Islands Day Cruise with Snorkelling and Lunch

Meals included

Highlights & inclusions

Six hour cruise adventure
Amazing island scenery
Snorkelling, kayaking and more
Picnic lunch included
Knowledgeable crew
Enjoy an island walk
or 4 payments of $66.24 with more info
Free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to experience

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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

What you can expect

Head out on the waters of the beautiful Bay of Islands in NZ on this day cruise to the famous "The Rock" with lunch, snorkelling and more. This famed region of New Zealand is renowned for its rugged beauty, clear waters and abundant marine life, and during the cruise, you'll get the chance to see all this and more up close. Join the friendly crew in the morning as you depart from Paihia Wharf at 8:30 am then set off on a journey to the spot where the main "The Rock" has been moored where you'll be able to take in the quick safety briefing then let the true fun begin.

Take part in some snorkelling followed up with your choice of island adventures, each of which emphasises various aspects of what makes the Bay of Islands so unique; whether you're choosing to visit historic and cultural hot spots, go for a lagoon swim or simply soak in the scenery, you'll come away with some satisfying nature-based experiences. Lasting 6.5 hours in total, this Bay of Islands day cruise adventure is a great way to get a substantial dose of what the area has to offer without breaking the bank account.


What you need to know

  • A sea shuttle ride out into the Bay of Islands
  • Packed picnic lunch
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Pick up at 7:45 am at the Paihia Wharf by our sea shuttle and taken to a remote and quiet bay where 'The Rock' has been anchored overnight
  • A quick safety briefing and cruise through the islands before you begin your adventure with a snorkelling experience
  • Enjoy the reefs and amazing underwater world of the Bay Of Islands. If conditions are calm, gather mussels or kina from the kelp-covered outer reefs during the snorkelling
  • After snorkelling explore the Islands, visit locations of historic and cultural significance, enjoy awesome scenery and swim in clear lagoons
  • Learn to paddle a kayak in safe, blue waters and explore the coastline and sea caves for the more experienced
  • Explore the islands on foot and climb to some of the most beautiful lookout points for views across the Bay of Islands
  • On the homeward cruise, enjoy those mussels, freshly steamed, and watch out for the abundant marine and bird life
  • Arrive back at Paihia Wharf at approximately 3 pm
  • This experience departs at 7:45 am and returns at 3 pm
  • Please allow 6.5 hours for this experience
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from Paihia Wharf
Additional Information
  • If driving from Auckland, take State Highway 1 north out of Auckland. From Kawakawa the Bay of Islands is signposted. The Paihia Wharf is in the middle of the small township and is easy to spot on your right-hand side as you drive into town
Terms And Conditions
  • Due to licensing regulations no alcohol is to be brought aboard the vessel. We have full bar facilities aboard The Rock
  • Luggage and personal effects are at all times your responsibility
  • Minimum of 10 guests. Should the minimum numbers not be reached we reserve the right to cancel the trip and offer guests a full refund of the cruise price or transfer to another cruise date
  • All departures, activities and itineraries are subject to weather, tides and sea conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 72 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 72 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no-shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • This product is a perfect fit for cruise ship passengers looking for an excursion when docking into Paihia. If you are coming off a cruise ship and would like to book this, please ensure you detail this at the time of booking or give one of our friendly staff a call on 1300 935 532.

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  • This experience is supplied by Bay of Islands Day Cruise including Snorkelling and Lunch


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