8 Day Bays and Beyond

8 Day Bays and Beyond

These are summertime voyages to the Bay of Islands and Bay of Plenty where you'll discover uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins at play, visit fascinating historic places and enjoy superb cuisine, served with endless sea views. You will discover perfect beaches, untouched native forests and fabulous walks. In terms of New Zealand's history this region is the birthplace of our nation.

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Tour Info

Tour Name: 8 Day Bays and Beyond
From: Auckland to Auckland
Cruise Type: Luxury Cruise
From (NZD) $8950 per person
Tour Operator: Island Escape
Duration: 8 Day
Tour Code: IEBOIB


Seven 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.
A private coach day tour of Rotorua.
Scenic seaplane flight at Waiheke Island.
Waiheke Island vineyard and wine tasting tour.

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  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Rubber sole walking shoes
  • Hat or Cap
  • Insect (sandfly) repellent
  • Compact Binoculars
  • Polaroid Sunglasses

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Embarkation begins at Princes Wharf from 5:00pm and we depart at 6:00pm. Cocktails are served as we scenic cruise the Waitemata Harbour taking in Auckland’s highlights including the city waterfront and volcanic island of Rangitoto.

Dinner is served in a secluded bay before we overnight cruise to the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Day 2
Bay of Islands

We anchor off Roberton Island for breakfast. This morning there are opportunities to swim, snorkel, kayak and maybe some fishing. Tender ashore for a hike up to the Maori Pa site for stunning views of the bay.

This afternoon there is some free time to explore Russell..New Zealand’s first capital. Dinner is served under the stars and we overnight at anchor.

Day 3
Bay of Islands

Today we firstly anchorage at Oke Bay – one of our favourites, a morning swim off the stern, maybe even try to reach the beach. Dolphins are regular visitors here and they enjoy playing around the ship so expect a great sideshow.

This afternoon we motor to Urupukapuka, the largest island in the bay. If time and tide allows we detour to collect a feed of green lipped mussels. Chef will be happy with us. Dinner is served at anchor in Deep Water Cove.

Day 4
Great Barrier Island

Awake inside the beautiful Fitzroy Harbour on the sheltered side of this wild and enchanting island paradise. Great Barrier Island has a colourful history involving whaling, gold and silver mining and alternative lifestyles.

An opportunity to go ashore to visit Sven’s Place, sample and purchase his local honey and toiletry products. Dinner is served on board before we depart for the Bay of Plenty.

Day 5
Tauranga - Rotorua

Early risers are welcome on the bridge to enjoy the arrival through the narrow channel into Tauranga harbour with Matakana Island on the right and Mount Maunganui on the left.

We have arranged a private coach tour to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua today and also there will be enough time to explore Mount Manuganui, maybe even walk around the base before dinner, We will overnight alongside the wharf.

Day 6

An early departure from Tauranga has us heading north to view Mayor Island then onto the summer playground of the Coromandel Peninsular. We arrive into Mercury Bay in time for lunch at anchor.

This afternoon we head further north hugging the coast and round Cape Colville. Dinner is served on the western side of the peninsular at our sheltered overnight anchorage.

Day 7
Waiheke Island

A relaxing morning cruise takes us onto Waiheke Island. Here the seaplane arrives and guests are taken for a complimentary scenic flight around the island and beyond.

We head ashore for a winery visit and tasting tour and lunch. We will also have some insight into the charm of this beautiful island. Being our last night it is cocktails before a very special farewell dinner with the crew.

Day 8

The sunrise over the Waitemata Harbour will impress you before we start the cruise back to downtown Auckland during breakfast. A 9:00am disembarkation is arranged at Princes Wharf.

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8 Day Bays and Beyond
Luxury Cruise
Tour Code: IEBOIB
From (NZD) $8950 per person
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These are summertime voyages to the Bay of Islands and Bay of Plenty where you'll discover uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins at play, visi... Read More

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