Cruise Ship Excursion - 4.5hr Day Cruise & Island Tour

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Cruise Ship Excursion Option 5 Hour Bay of Islands Cruise and Island Day Tour

From US$90.67

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


When your cruise ship arrives in the Bay of Islands, escape the crowds with a small-group half-day tour to two gorgeous islands. Go snorkeling at pristine island reefs, try stand-up paddle boarding, take a short hike to viewpoints, and look for New Zealand wildlife. You’ll ride on a small motorboat that can access places that large ships cannot go, and hear live commentary from your guide about the region.
  • Visit two remote islands for snorkeling and exploration
  • Wildlife spotting and insightful commentary offered throughout the day
  • Includes morning tea, and use of snorkel and paddleboard equipment
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people

What's Included

  • Smaller Group Tours (49 Guests Max)
  • Scenic Cruise among 144 Islands
  • Two remote island stopovers
  • Swim, Snorkel and relax (all equipment provided)
  • Wildlife spotting, commentary and information throughout the day
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Paihia Wharf
    Bay Of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand

    Check-in at Pier 10, on the Paihia Wharf at least 15 minutes before your departure. Cruise ships will tender you into Waitangi Wharf, or Paihia Wharf. FREE shuttle buses are provided by the cruiseship company to transfer you from Waitangi to Paihia Wharf. (5 minutes)

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Bay of Islands (Pass By)

Motuarohia (Roberton) Island Track

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Urupukapuka Island

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Motukokako Island / Piercy Island

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Moturua Island

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: If you are arriving in Waitangi Wharf, the cruiseship provides FREE shuttle buses for cruise ship guests to transfer you into Paihia (5 minute bus ride) The bus will drop you off outside the Paihia Wharf next to our check-in location - SALT AIR HELICOPTER OFFICE
  • Suitable for families, couples and solo travellers
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Please bring a swimsuit & towel, and appropriate clothing for the day
  • Please bring lunch& drink for the day
  • No-show will forfeit 100% of the ticket cost
  • Cruise-ship guests need to ensure their travel insurance covers them in the unlikely event that the cruise-ship does not stop in port, as we are unable to refund in these situations.
  • The "Hole in the Rock" section of the tour is weather dependent. If conditions are not suitable to travel to The Hole in the Rock, and alternative route within the sheltered inner islands will be used.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 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.

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Traveler Tips

WE were fortunate enough to tender in to the wharf near the Salt Air office so no shuttle bus necessary.


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Something for everyone
Eileen_D, Jan 2023
This was a great tour! Despite some choppy seas, our boat driver was very competent and we felt very safe. Got to go to a great lookout and a private beach where we snorkled and got to use our underwater camera! All equipment was provided and the tour guides were very knowledgeable and patient. We even gotto try some sea urchin roe! Highly recommend!
Well worth your time
David_D, Feb 2020
WE were fortunate enough to tender in to the wharf near the Salt Air office so no shuttle bus necessary. Blu and Lynn got our full group of 20 sorted and we loaded out. Interesting information was provided and various pauses along the way. We saw some swimming penguins so that was cool. Nice stop at Roberton island for views and tea with biscuits. Then we stopped at beautiful empty beach for 1.5 hours of swimming or your choice. We enjoyed the views from the shade and swam. Not much to see underwater. Great trip!
Bay of Islands, NZ
calzadillad, Feb 2020
We had an amazing time with Lyn and Blu. I would greatly recommend this excursion. It was very beautiful and memorable. Lyn and Blu they were the BEST!!!!

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