Bay of Islands Heritage Experience

Tour Summary


​​The Bay of Islands is an island paradise, has a long, fascinating and often wild history. 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


  • Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise

  • Dolphin and whale viewing

  • Cruise around the Bay of Islands

  • Island stopover at Otehei Bay

  • Informative commentary

  • Friendly, local crew

  • An informative guided tour around Waitangi Treaty Grounds with one of our local guides

  • A high-energy, entertaining Maori cultural performance

  • Entry to the modern and interactive Te Kangahu Museum of Waitangi

  • Entry to Te Rau Aroha, our recently opened museum which commemorates the service and sacrifice of Maori in the NZ Armed Forces

  • Time to explore Waitangi’s heritage buildings, such as the Treaty House (home to the first British Resident) and the Carved Meeting House

  • Live demonstrations in our Maori Carving Studio

  • Up close and personal experience with the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe

  • A film introduction to Waitangi, Birthplace of a Nation

Tour Inclusion


  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

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

  • Entry ticket to Guided Experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • Entry ticket to Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

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

  • A minimum of 3 people are required for this tour to depart

  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera

  • A full commentary is provided by your skipper. A limited number of multi-lingual headsets are available in German, French and Mandarin Chinese.

  • You can buy hot and cold refreshments on board, or pre-order a picnic lunch as an add-on


Contact Us

+64 21 026 60993

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