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Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Bay of Islands and its abundant wildlife while we cruise the sheltered waters and discover whales, dolphins, seals, birdlife and more. Explore view marine mammals on 90% of their trips however, they also offer a marine mammal viewing guarantee so you can come again for free if you don’t spot any marine mammals during your cruise.

Your trip will also include a stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation’s recreation reserve Urupukapuka Island, where you will learn about the natural ecosystems being restored as part of the Project Island Song programme including revegetation, native species reintroduction, education and biosecurity.

You will also have time to explore the island via the established tracks and spot reintroduced native wildlife including tīeke (North Island saddleback), toutouwai (North Island robin), pāteke (brown teal), Wētāpunga (giant wētā) and more.


  • 4 hours scenic cruising
  • Opportunity to view marine mammals including dolphins, whales, seals, birdlife and more
  • Marine mammal viewing guarantee – go again for free if you don’t spot any marine mammals during your cruise
  • 1.5 hour island stop to spot the native wildlife reintroduced on Urupukapuka
  • Learn about Project Island Song’s ecological restoration programme
  • Opportunity to snorkel/swim (conditions permitting)
  • Option to enjoy a drink or bite to eat in the sun from the fully licensed café

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Explore group is a fantastic example of the sort of business we love working alongside. Kiwi owned, Explore began operating with one Yacht sailing out of Auckland over 20 years ago. Through consistently delivering on their mission statement of ‘Unique Experiences in Amazing Places’, Explore have grown into a multi regional & multi national company, whilst keeping their core values at the forefront!

Bay of Islands Marine Wildlife Cruise

5 Hours 30 Minutes

$299 NZD

Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Bay of Islands and its abundant marine wildlife.

Experience provided by

Explore Group Bay of Islands

Important Information

*Tour will commence from Oct 2022 for the 22/23 summer season*

Need to know:

  • Check in to your cruise 15 minutes before departure
  • Lunch is not included. Food and drinks are available to purchase at Otehei Bay Café during the island stop at own expense
  • Dress to the weather conditions and wear flat soled shoes
  • Bring swimwear and a towel
  • Toilets available on board
  • Please note the opportunity to snorkel does not involve swimming with dolphins due to restrictions on marine mammal interactions


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