*Please note that due to Covid, this experience is not operating until October 2022*
Step aboard the custom-built ‘Ratanui’, sit back and relax. Let our friendly crew take care of you for the next 2.5 hours.
Departing Paihia Wharf, cruise out into the bay and head to Opua and Okiato. Pass the Omata Estate Vineyard on the way to Kororareka Oyster Farm. Lunch is served on board as you turn towards Russell where you have the option of disembarking here or returning to Paihia. If you do decide to disembark in Russell, you’ll be given tickets for the ferry ride to get you back to Paihia.
The delectable menu includes New Zealand venison, New Zealand lamb or tasty fish. Tea and coffee is available to you at any time throughout the cruise, as is the cash bar. Sit back, enjoy the 360 degree view of the surrounding native bush and pasture land.
The water is teeming with marine wildlife and native birds, so don’t forget your camera! The Bay of Islands is often visited by several itinerate families of Bottlenose dolphins.
The lunch cruise is a perfect way to spend time in the Bay, making wonderful memories of your visit to the ‘Winterless North’.
Why is this Chuffed Worthy?
Our product manager Alex has worked with Darryl & Shelley Honey, the husband & wife team behind the famous Bay of Islands Lunch Cruise, for many years. Over these years, Alex heard glowing reviews from thousands of happy customers as they disembarked the cruise, ready to head back to their waiting cruise ship. This unique experience, coupled with true Kiwi hospitality is a sure fire winner Alex promises you will love!