6 Day Bay of Islands Cruise
6 Day Bay of Islands Cruise
On your dream-come-true cruise between Auckland and the Bay of Islands you'll discover World class vineyards, conservation islands, exquisite remote beaches, over 250 islands and many fascinating stories from New Zealands history.
At this time Island Escapes Cruises are making changes to their 18/19 season. No bookings can be made until after October 2018. More info to come.
|Tour Name:||6 Day Bay of Islands Cruise|
|From:||Auckland to Auckland|
|Cruise Type:||Luxury Cruise|
From (NZD) $6950 per person
|Tour Operator:||Island Escape|
|Five nights on ‘Pacific Passage’ includes Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.|
|Beer, wine, spirits, soft drink, juice, bottled water, tea and coffee.|
|All suites with private en-suites and individual air-conditioning.|
|Exclusive shore excursions and visits as detailed in itinerary.|
|Use of kayaks, paddleboards, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment onboard.|
|Waiheke Island vineyard and wine tasting tour.|
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The cruising region between Auckland and the Bay of Islands is one of the most spectacular and naturally beautiful maritime environments on the planet. World class vineyards, conservation islands, exquisite remote beaches, over 250 islands and many fascinating stories from New Zealand’s history. This is summertime cruising at its very best and a tempting taster of life onboard ‘PACIFIC PASSAGE.”
On your dream-come-true summer cruise you’ll discover uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins at play, visit fascinating historic places and enjoy the finest cuisine, served with endless sea views. You will be cruising New Zealand’s summer playground in style.
ESSENTIALS ON A PACKING LIST
- Waterproof Jacket
- Rubber sole walking shoes
- Hat or Cap
- Insect (sandfly) repellent
- Compact Binoculars
- Polaroid Sunglasses
Day by Day Tour Itinerary
You begin boarding the ship from 5pm alongside Princes Wharf. Once familiar with the ship and the safety drill is completed we sail at 6pm. We cruise past mysterious Rangitoto Island and you’ll learn about the island’s history as you sip a cocktail on the aft deck and become acquainted with fellow guests and your crew.
Our first night is spent at Waiheke Island with a delicious dinner served from 7:30pm. Welcome to small ship Dream-Cruising at its best.
Your Waiheke day could start with a refreshing swim off the back of the ship or sleep in until it’s time for a sumptuous breakfast on deck (with champagne if you fancy). Whatever you need to begin the day in a great mood.
Later this morning we go ashore for wine tasting then a course is set for Great Barrier Island. We usually encounter large pods of dolphins who come to play on the bow along the way.
Great Barrier is a wild and enchanting paradise with amazing stories to tell. Fitzroy harbour, on the sheltered side of the island, is one of the country’s most beautiful harbours. Great Barrier has a colourful history involving whaling, gold and silver mining, shipwrecks and alternative lifestyles.
Today, we tour the island with local guides or explore the coastline in the landing craft with the chance to try your hand at fishing. We sail for the Bay of Islands after dinner. Find a quiet place on deck to see the brilliance of the pollution free night sky that delivers one of the most stunning star shows on the planet.
You wake to the unspoilt and beautiful Oke Bay, an anchorage that will certainly tempt you for a swim off the back of the ship.
Dolphins often visit this bay so you will likely have another dolphin encounter here. The water is beautifully clear and swimming to the beach is always an option for fit guests.
After lunch we visit some of our favourite bays and coves. Before the sun sets we move to our anchorage in Parekura Bay.
Today you’ll visit beautiful Motuarohia- Roberton Island, which you can explore in many different ways. snorkel in the sheltered lagoon, kayak around the bay or hike up to the historic Maori Pa site. From the summit you’ll be rewarded by blockbuster views of the entire bay of Islands.
Later in the afternoon we’ll motor to Urupukapuka, the largest island in the bay, with a detour to our special spot to collect fresh green- lipped mussels for an afternoon snack. The sauvignon blanc is chilling and chef is determined to impress you, yet again. Watch the sunset while sipping a sundowner, then look forward to a night of indulgence with the captain’s dinner. We sail before midnight direct to Auckland.
An early start with breakfast underway while we cruise the beautiful coastline. We arrive alongside Princes Wharf for disembarking at 1030. We wish you safe travels while we look forward to welcome you back onboard again.
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