Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands - NZ Travel

Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands

Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands 
Regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand, Northland is rich in both culture and early Maori and European history. The Bay of Islands is a stunning region consisting of 144 islands, abundant in natural wonder and marine life. Experience it to the full with a visit to the awe-inspiring Hole in the Rock, swim with dolphins in their natural environment or journey to the cultural and historic Hokianga. Travel further north and experience the thrill of driving along Ninety Mile Beach, sandboarding down the giant sand dunes and standing on the windswept tip of New Zealand, while watching the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide. With some of the warmest waters in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is a natural wonderland where you can encounter bottlenose and common dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and a diverse range of birdlife. Northland's subtropical climate makes it the perfect destination to explore throughout the year.

Main Office: Maritime Building, Paihia Wharf, Paihia, Bay of Islands.


Distance from Town: 100 metres


Operating Hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm


Departures: Daily. Please refer to individual adventures for departure times.

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Available Activities:
Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise


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Cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard Dolphin Seeker. Enjoy large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay and keep a look out for dolphins, whales and other marine life. See the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave then visit one of the Bays beautiful islands - take a stroll or unwind on the white sandy beach.

Minimum Numbers: 6

Maximum Numbers: 200

Suitable for Disabled Clients: Yes

Departures: 9.00am to 1.00pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm daily. May - August the 1.30pm tour returns at 4.30pm as there is no island stopover.

Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach


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Experience the top of the North Island and uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is entrenched in Maori culture, mythology and tradition. Journey to Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua), where according to Maori legend, spirits depart on their passage to the homeland - Hawaiki. On your way, visit the ancient Puketi Kauri Forest, with a 20 minute boardwalk past 1,000 year old Kauri trees and native bush. Stop for morning tea then later, enjoy lunch at Houhora. At Cape Reinga, stand on the northern most tip of New Zealand and watch the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. Later try sandboarding down the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream – a fun experience to be had by all. Travel along the vast and empty Ninety Mile Beach then stop and feel the sand between your toes or help your driver dig for shellfish.

Minimum Numbers: 4

Maximum Numbers: No maximum

Suitable for Disabled Clients: Yes. Disabled passengers will need assistance from a caregiver.

Departures: 7.00am to 6.15pm

Exclusions: Lunch can be prebooked for an additional cost. Please advise at time of booking.

'The Cream Trip' Day in the Bay Supercruise


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Designed for nature lovers and those wanting to see all the highlights of the Bay in one day. This day trip is the most extensive historical cruise offered in the Bay of Islands. This cruise follows the path of the original 1927 ‘Cream Trip’ and will take you on a journey back in time as you cruise past the secluded islands of the Bay, delivering essential supplies and mail to island residents. See dolphins in their natural environment or swim alongside these inquisitive creatures - a once in a lifetime experience. On arrival at Cape Brett Lighthouse, the farthest post of the ‘original’ mail deliveries, we take you through the stunning Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island and past the Grand Cathedral Cave. Visit the Black Rocks, Marsden Cross and enjoy lunch during an island stopover.

Minimum Numbers: 5

Maximum numbers: 75

Suitable for Disabled Clients Yes

Departures: 9.15am to 4.15pm daily (October to April)

Special Conditions: Swimming with the dolphins is subject to Department of Conservation regulations and weather/sea conditions.

Exclusions: Lunch can be prebooked for an additional cost. Please advise at time of booking.

Dolphin Eco Encounter with Swim


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Some say swimming with dolphins is a life changing experience. This half day cruise seeks out the many playful dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. Jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these majestic and inquisitive creatures (weather permitting) – an experience you will never forget! Our purpose built dolphin vessel gets you closer - with a low viewing deck, water jet engines, underwater microphone and experienced crew with an intimate knowledge of dolphin behaviour. With a maximum number of 35 passengers onboard it means that this is a very up close and personal experience.

Minimum Numbers: 4

Maximum Numbers: 35

Suitable for Disabled Clients: No

Departures: 8.00am to 12.00pm and 12.30pm to 4.00pm daily (October to April)

Special Conditions: Swimming with dolphins is subject to the Department of Conservation regulations and weather/sea conditions. Should conditions prevent you from swimming with the dolphins, a swim refund will be offered to those passengers who have paid to swim, or alternatively receive a 'go again for free' voucher for another Dolphin Eco Encounter cruise.

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