Bay of Islands Heritage Experience

Tour Summary


The Bay of Islands is an island paradise, has a long, fascinating and often wild history. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area rich in culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings! Once a booming, bustling and seafaring centre, it’s now a peaceful and pristine spot, and offers the perfect base for exploring Northland through its beautiful beaches, pristine islands, energetic marine life, waterfalls, forests, and rich history. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to must-dos in the Bay of Islands!

Tour Highlights


  • Discover some of the 144 stunning islands in the Bay of Islands on a scenic cruise

  • Journey by boat across the pristine Islands

  • Discover self-guided bush walks for spectacular views over the Bay of Islands

  • Learn about New Zealand's history and Maori culture

  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum

  • Explore the historic site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed

  • Join an informative guided tour with a local guide

  • Enjoy a high-energy Maori cultural performance

  • Admire iconic buildings, breath-taking examples of Maori architecture, and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe

  • Journey to the iconic Hole in the Rock

  • Listen to entertaining live commentary from your local Nature Guide

  • Stop off at Urupukapuka Island  and lunch stop at Otehei Bay

  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour island stop-over and walk, swim, paddle board, kayak or relax

  • Keep a lookout for dolphins, whales, or orcas(at mother nature's discretion)

  • Marvel at the breath-taking scenery en route

Tour Inclusion


  • Fully guided return transfer from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • Admission to Guided Experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • Admission to 4 hours Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

  • Engaging and informative commentary in English

  • Indoor and outdoor seating with Large viewing deck

Tour Description


The Bay of Islands is an island paradise comprising of 144 Islands and a handful of historic towns. The stunning scenery, golden beaches and fresh seafood make it one of the most prominent tourist destinations in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands has a long, fascinating and often wild history and is also home to several historical attractions such as the Mission House and the Waitangi Treaty grounds, the birthplace of the nation. Located just over three hours from Auckland by road, in the ‘winterless north’, the year-round warm weather makes it a popular destination.

Embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area. Cruise along this historic path to remote beaches and bays, through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. This is the most popular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, and for good reason! Board your cruise in Paihia and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life, have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action. Hot and cold refreshments are available for purchase on board, meals & snacks can be purchased on our stop at Urupukapuka Island or feel free to bring your own.

Within a 5 minute drive, The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands – rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation. Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds of the Waitangi estate, complete with extensive gardens, bush tracks, beaches, and fabulous views over the Bay of Islands and beyond. Enjoy an inspiring and interactive experience as you discover Waitangi’s two contemporary museums, powerful Maori cultural performances, informative guided tours, lush native forest and gardens, carving studio with live demonstrations, marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest ceremonial war canoes (waka taua), a quality café in tranquil surrounds, and so much more, all with stunning views over the Bay of Islands.

With an enduring history from land and water, experiencing through the heart and soul we head back to the city of sails!

Tour Requirements

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items.

  • Please also bring a jersey or coat if it is cold.

  • Easy and good fitness level required.

  • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as this is the perfect place to get some great experiences photos.

  • You are welcome to bring your own food. There is also hot and cold food available for purchase on board.

Contact Us

+64 21 026 60993


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