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Discover the Bay

Experience the spectacular scenery in an area rich in culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. Explore the Bay of Islands with us.

  • Trip Duration: 4 hours
  • 1 October- 30 April: Departs Paihia 9.00am & 1.30pm Daily, Departs Russell 9.10am & 1.40pm Daily
  • 1 May- 30 September: Departs Paihia 10.00am, Departs Russell 10.10am

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Includes:

  • Cruising among the 144 islands with skipper’s commentary
  • Viewing marine mammals (dolphins, whales or orcas) on over 90% of our trips with a lifetime viewing guarantee
  • A visit to the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, travel through it
  • Enjoy Explore hospitality during your unique 90min Otehei Bay experience including a visit to the Otehei Bay conservation centre
  • BBQ lunch on morning and afternoon departures
  • Comfortable travel on our black and yellow powercat, seats are limited to keep our trips photo friendly

Dolphin Discovery

From 1st May – 30 Sept this product is only available as part of our Discover the Bay product.
Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals up close in their natural environment. You may even get the chance to swim with the dolphins in the warmest waters in New Zealand. Once we find a pod of dolphins, Department of Conservation regulations and sea conditions will determine whether a swim is possible. Swimmers must be 8 years old and over and confident in the open water. The decision to swim is at skipper’s discretion.

  • Trip Duration: 4 hours
  • 1 December – 30 April: Departs Paihia 8.00am & 12.30pm Daily, Departs Russell 8.10am & 12.40pm Daily

Includes

  • Cruising picturesque islands while searching for dolphins with a lifetime viewing guarantee
  • Mask, snorkel, fins and a wetsuit
  • A shower available onboard
  • Travel on our black and yellow catamaran purpose built for dolphin viewing and swimming with observation decks, side opening windows and safe access to the water for swimmers
  • If time and conditions allow, you’ll also get to visit the majestic Otehei Bay

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Hole in the Rock Experience

This tour is only available from 1 October to 30 April.
Best value option to visit the Hole in the Rock. Experience the time worn monolith standing guard over the entrance to the Bay of Islands.

1 October- 30 April: Departs Paihia 12.30pm Daily, Departs Russell 12.40pm

Bonus: Love your island experience? Extend your stay and return on one of our ferries for no additional charge. Subject to availability. Bookings essential. OR Free Happy Ferry Ticket to return from Russell at a later time.

Includes:

  • Return cruise to the Hole in the Rock via Otehei Bay
  • Travel through the Hole in the Rock when conditions permit
  • See Cape Brett Peninsula and the Cape Brett lighthouse
  • Cruise commentary from our knowledgeable local Skipper
  • Comfortable travel on our black and yellow powercat, seats are limited to keep our trips photo friendly

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Ocean Adventure

This tour is only available from 1 October to 30 April.
Feel the exhilaration on this ex America’s Cup chase boat as you fast track your journey through the iconic scenery of the Bay to The Hole in the Rock.

  • Trip Duration: 2 hours
  • 1 October – 30 April: Departs Paihia 10.00am & 2.00pm Daily, Departs Russell 10.10am & 2.10pm Daily

Includes

  • Experience the open air thrill of a rigid-hulled inflatable built for comfort and safety in the open ocean with padded seats
  • Cruising among the 144 islands with skipper’s commentary
  • Visiting the Cape Brett Peninsula and the iconic Hole in the Rock
  • Visit the amazing Cathedral Cave, and if conditions permit, enter it
  • Lifejackets and wet weather jacket provided.

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Dune Rider

A full day tour in our unique Dune Rider vehicle. Let our drivers immerse you in the culture and history of the Far North while taking in the amazing scenery. The best day adventure to the Far North.

  • Trip Duration: 10-11 hours
  • Departs Russell 7.00am (catch the passenger ferry at own cost), Paihia 7.15am, Kerikeri 7.45am Daily
  • Pickups are available from your accommodation or nearby. Please check when you book.

Includes

  • Fascinating commentary by our local drivers
  • A freshly prepared buffet style lunch
  • Visiting the Ancient Kauri Kingdom workshop
  • Driving along 90 Mile Beach with a stop to wet your feet
  • Climbing huge sand dunes and boogie boarding down
  • Cape Reinga lighthouse and the meeting of the two oceans
  • Option for fish and chips at Mangonui Fish Shop, at own expense

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Twin Tour Options

Book a combination of either: the Dune Rider and Discover the Bay Tours; or The Dolphin Discovery and Dune Rider tours to get a discounted deal.

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29 Bayview Road, Paihia