Bay of Islands Day Tours

The beautiful Bay of Islands is a stunning region made up of 144 islands dotted throughout waters abundant in marine life. It’s just three hours north of Auckland by road, but feels like a world away from city life. Your journey to the Northland region will take you through beautiful lush countryside, rural towns and past golden sandy beaches to the waterfront township of Paihia. Northland is regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand, as it was here that Kupe the first Māori voyager arrived on its shores more than 1000 years ago. In 1840 the historic Treaty of Waitangi between Māori and the Crown was signed just a short distance from Paihia. This treaty established a relationship that is still at the heart of New Zealand’s governance today.

There are Bay of Islands day tours to suit every traveller. See the natural wonder that is the Hole in the Rock on an island cruise and enjoy spotting all kinds of birds and marine life from the boat – whales, dolphins, seals and penguins are all frequent visitors. Visit historic Russell – today a charming historic village of boutique shops and eateries, but once a lawless open port known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’.

From Paihia you can take a Cape Reinga tour to the very tip of New Zealand and see the spot where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide. During your tour you’ll drive along the sand on spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, sand-surf down giant dunes (if you’re feeling adventurous!) and visit ancient native kauri trees in the Puketi Forest. Visit Fullers GreatSights for more Bay of Islands day tours and cruises.

8 Day Tours to experience

MUST-SEE
Travel to the Bay of Islands, a stunning marine playground, and cruise its sheltered waters in search of dolphins, whales and other sea life.
  • 12 hours 40 minutes
  • Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise
  • See the famous 'Hole in the Rock'

from $270 NZD

MUST-SEE
Discover the unique history, culture and landscape of New Zealand's Far North on a day trip to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach.
  • 11 hours 20 minutes
  • Cape Reinga lighthouse
  • Drive along Ninety Mile Beach
  • Sandboarding at Te Paki Stream
  • Kauri Forest walk
  • Includes fish and chip lunch

from $160 NZD

Take a relaxing day tour to the beautiful Bay of Islands and discover its fascinating history on a mini-tour of Russell.
  • 12 hours 40 minutes
  • Historical Russell sights
  • Bay of Islands ferry ride

from $206 NZD

COMBO
Travel north to the substropical Bay of Islands, then explore to the south and see underground caverns, geothermal wonders and Māori culture with this tour combo over two action-packed days.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • 'Hole in the Rock' dolphin watching cruise
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • Rotorua geothermal sights, farm tour & Māori culture

from $462 NZD

COMBO
Cruise with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands, then venture underground in Waitomo and see the home of the hobbits on this two-day tour combo.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Dolphin watching cruise
  • Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Tour of Waitomo Caves

from $473 NZD

COMBO
Find your feet in Auckland with a relaxed morning sightseeing tour, then escape to the Bay of Islands and cruise its peaceful waters in search of dolphins and other marine life.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Auckland highlights half day tour
  • Bay of Islands dolphin watching cruise

from $275 NZD

The Bay of Islands is a recreational paradise just waiting to be explored - get there with a half-day sightseeing coach tour from Auckland.
  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Luxury coach travel Auckland to Paihia
  • Scenic native forest

from $126 NZD

After your Bay of Islands holiday, return to Auckland on a scenic coach tour from Paihia.
  • 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Luxury coach travel Paihia to Auckland

from $126 NZD

Free cancellation

You'll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 2 hours in advance of your tour experience.