3.5hr Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise, Hike, Snorkel, Wildlife

Paihia, New Zealand
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


There’s no better way to discover the 144 sub-tropical islands that stud the Bay of Islands than on a cruise. With a top limit of just 20 passengers, this intimate boat trip delivers two island stopovers, one at Roberton Island or Twin Lagoons, plus the chance to hike, swim, snorkel, or even try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Look out for dolphins along the way.
  • Cruise the Bay of Islands in an intimate group of maximum 20 people
  • Swim, snorkel, or stand-up paddleboard on deserted reefs and beaches
  • Discover native flora and fauna on bushwalks and at sea
  • Stop at two separate islands, including Roberton with its twin lagoons

What's Included

  • Small group tours
  • Scenic Cruise among 144 Islands
  • Two remote island stopovers
  • Swim, Snorkel and relax (all equipment provided)
  • Wildlife spotting, commentary and information throughout the day
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding (all equipment provided)
  • A truly personalised, local experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Salt Air
    Marsden Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand

    Departure Point: Paihia Wharf Address: Paihia Wharf, 69 Marsden Road Directions: Meet at the Salt Air Office (next to Paihia Wharf) 10 minutes before your scheduled departure.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Bay of Islands

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for families, couples and solo travellers
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Please bring a swimsuit & towel
  • Minimum numbers apply. (6 people) There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Water and something to eat is recommended.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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76 reviews
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Really cool afternoon on the boat and islands
Nilani_P, Feb 2023
We loved it we had a 2yo toddler. The hike was good length for with a kid, great views. Enjoyed learning some of the history and good sights. It was a little windy but the bay they chose to do the water sports was idilic and super sheltered. We had the best time. Wayne and Josh were great, knowledgeable and experienced.
Beautiful views
Kerrin_T, Feb 2023
Great to get a good view of the islands and how beautiful this area is. View from the lookout is amazing!
Scenic hike and great snorkeling!
Suzanne_G, Dec 2022
Even in the rain it was an awesome trip, beautiful views and great snorkelling!! We had a lovely captain and crew who added to the experience.
Mark_S, Oct 2022
We had a wonderful time on the cruise! Lin and Blue were knowledgeable and helpful. We loved that there were options for various activities on the islands we visited. We were also lucky to see dolphins as we were returning to Paihia.
Good experience....
Dowan_K, Jan 2022
Good experience. I booked 3:30 but they told me only 4:30 boat would be availble. If we start 3:30, it would be better.
Beautiful trip with just...
Kim_R, Dec 2021
Beautiful trip with just the right amount of info provided and stops. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would do again
Sahil_S, Dec 2021
It was our memorable day. we enjoyed a lot. really value for money. we missed the dolphins but we will come back definately.
Great cruise and experience
Julie_E, Mar 2020
Great afternoon cruise and one of our favorite activities while staying in the north! We visited two of the Islands. Short stay at the first and a longer stay at the second with the possiblity to try snorkling and SUP.
Great afternoon.
Steve_H, Feb 2020
Lin and Mary excellent hosts. Great way to spend a few hours late afternoon and learn a lot about the area. Good snorkelling and just a very relaxing time. Highly recommended.
Relaxing sfternoon in the Bay of Islands
David_A, Mar 2019
Well- but not over-organised trip out to two of the islands for hiking, snorkelling, paddle-boarding etc.. Very helpful, friendly and informative guide/boatsman. Good value for money, especially if you only have limited time in the area and just want to get a feel for the locality and scenery over the course of an easy-going afternoon.

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