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Bay of Islands, New Zealand-port

The "Bay of Islands" was how Captain Cook described this area two centuries ago and the simplicity of his name masks the diversity of its charms. The Bay of Islands is the finest Maritime Park in the country with 144 islands, secluded bays and abundance of marine life. It is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country, and has been renowned internationally for its big-game fishing since author Zane Grey publicized it in the 1930s.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Chartered Cruise to Cape Brett - Hole in the Rock
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Glow Worm Cave & Puketi Kauri Forest
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Kayaking On Waitangi Estuary
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Kerikeri and Waitangi Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Relaxing Lunch Cruise to Historic Russell
    Seated TourMeal
  • Waka Taia-Mai Exploration
    Most Active or Strenuous

Chartered Cruise to Cape Brett - Hole in the Rock

Seated Tour Regent Choice

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: BAY-001

Explore the lovely inlets in the Bay of Islands during this scenic cruise aboard a touring catamaran.

Depart the pier aboard a catamaran for the cruise to the Bay of Islands. One of New Zealand's most beautiful marine areas, the Bay of Islands was made famous by English explorer James Cook and writer Zane Grey. As you journey through big-game fishing waters en route to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, you will be able to see beautiful Motukokako Island and the famous Hole-in-the-Rock from the catamaran's comfortable indoor and outdoor viewing decks. Next, you will proceed for the highlight of the tour, a trip to see the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

On the return voyage, some time will be spent meandering among the peaceful beauty of the inner islands, where you may see schools of dolphins and other marine life. Along the way, your captain will provide you with informative commentary about the area's history and marine life.

Please note: Seeing the entrance way to Grand Cathedral Cave cannot be guaranteed due to weather and sea conditions, although every effort will be made. Sightings of marine life are not guaranteed.