- 6 hr sailing trip around the Bay of Islands
- Morning tea, picnic lunch, & afternoon tea
- Use of water sports equipment including snorkelling gear and stand-up paddle boards
Island Hopper Day Cruise
Discover the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands with this island hopper cruise that includes sailing, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, paddle boarding, picnicking, and wildlife.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sailing in the Bay of Islands is an absolute must-do when visiting Northland! Located in the sub-tropical Far North of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is a magical sailing destination; offering over 140 natural islands within easy day sailing distance. This little slice of paradise is a truly memorable place to go for a sailing trip, with its calm, pristine waters, marine wildlife and of course, the naturally stunning scenery.
Come spend a day on a magical sailing cruise to this fantastic island destination. This small-group tour is designed to suit the active/adventurer, but equally relaxing if you’re looking for an easy-going day. There is something for everyone on this all-inclusive cruise and with plenty of deck space to spread out and relax, so grab a seat and chalk up some leisure time. Enjoy a day of sun-kissed skin, windswept hair, and salty smiles!
Departing from Paihia beachfront, the boat pulls right up to the beach where you can step aboard from the shoreline. Then, set sail for the day’s adventure to a beautiful island destination! The crew has their favourites of course, and can’t wait to share one of the top destinations with you. They'll choose from either Urupukapuka, Motuarahia, Moturua, or Waewaetoria for an island stopover.
Enjoy a morning tea cuppa and bikkie along the way and join some great conversations for insights into the Bay of Islands geography and history. If you’re a keen sailor or want to be a sailor, let the crew know as they'd love to include you if you want to take part.
Once you reach the day's chosen island, the boat anchors right up close to the beach where you can step off and enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. There are hiking trails that you can follow to find picturesque views, soak up the sounds of the bird song, and find yourself at another secluded bay. For the water babies, snorkelling and paddleboarding are top on the list of things to do. Enjoy a refreshing swim or simply dig your toes into the sand and relax – the choice is yours!
There’s a wealth of wildlife to see when sailing in the Bay of Islands. From the deck of Kopiko, you may get the chance to see a range of seabirds, and penguins are often popping up. The bays are home to stingrays, and of course, there’s a chance that you might see some dolphins or orca whales too!
Once you've finished your island adventures, you'll set sail again, making the most of the beautiful sea breezes on the home run. Watch the wind fill the sails, kick back, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity – it's a perfect end to your sailing adventures.
Where we visit:
- Bay of Islands
- Island stop at one of the following:
Island Hopper Day Cruise
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
How do I find the boat?
You will find us on the beach at Paihia. We won’t be hard to find once you get there, just walk along the beach and you will see the boat anchored very close to the shoreline.
Will I get wet?
Absolutely! But not too wet -you will have to step into the water to get onto the boat. Sometimes it is ankle or calf-deep, other times a wave will roll in and it may be up to your knees. So kick your shoes off and roll up your trousers before you step aboard. Sometimes we get the odd wave splash on the boat, it’s all part of the fun!
What should I bring?
Just the usual – bottle of water, warm clothing/ jacket, footwear for the island walks, swimwear, towel hat, sunglasses, sunblock (please not spray sunblock it eats the paint) and please do bring clothing that you can cover up with, the summer sun can be intense on your skin so be prepared for this as much as the possibility of cool wind.
Do I wear shoes on the boat?
Nope, kick off your shoes at the shore and experience the Kiwi barefoot culture for yourself, it’s quite liberating!
Does the boat lean over?
No, the boat sits flat while sailing which means it is a very comfortable experience, especially for first-time sailors or families with children. There is plenty of deck space and we have bean bags to relax on if you are sitting on the front half of the boat, the back half has seating.
Can I help sail the boat?
Yes, our skipper loves to get people involved if they want to take the helm or help set the sails. There are some conditions or points of sail that it is not practical to have others helm the boat, but for the most part, you are very welcome.
What is included in the picnic lunch?
Our delicious packed picnic lunch is all made in a handy bag ready for you to take with you on your island adventures. It includes a delicious freshly made deli sandwich, fruit, muffin/cake, chips and a muesli bar. It’s a nutritious lunch, with some goodies for the sweet tooth. We don’t like anyone going hungry so we’ve made sure it's a good portion. Vegetarian option available, please select how many vegetarian lunches for your group when booking.
Please note: special dietary requirements such as allergies, gluten-free, vegan or any specifics should be self-catered for your safety and personal satisfaction.
Do we have a motor?
Yes, we do. We use the motor to get in and out of the beach to anchor. We just love sailing! So we like to sail as much as possible, the boat performs far better under sail than under motor so sailing it is! There are times where if there is not enough wind to reach our destination we will have to use the engine or to keep to our schedule – we don’t like to make anyone late to catch their ferry/bus.
Will we see dolphins?
Yes, we do see dolphins, not every day but they are there and if they happen to be where we are sailing it is a lovely experience to see them play around the boat. We like to advise you that the resident dolphins in the Bay of Islands are very sensitive to human interaction, we do not encourage any interaction with them, we will not follow them nor do we do any swimming with them. We prefer to leave them be to do what dolphins do best…be dolphins in the wild !!
Will my children be ok on the sailing boat?
We have children of all ages on our cruises, even babies on occasion. The trip is 2 hours sailing to the island, 2 hours at the island, and 2 hours sail home. This is a considerable time for kids, but we find they are usually entertained with all the goings-on and the beach time is great. If your child is exceptionally active this might not be too well suited as we can't allow them to run around the boat, but play is ok, and we are really happy for interactive kids to join the sailing.
Our experience is if both parents are very nervous on the boat the kids will play up, so one confident parent is the key to a good day sailing. Please consider the enjoyment of our other guests too when deciding whether it is a suitable trip for your family. If you are unsure please call we are happy to chat with you about it, and we’d love you to enjoy an amazing family day experiencing the Bay of Islands with us.
What about the weather?
New Zealand can be tricky to plan for with the weather particularly when choosing outdoor activities, so to be realistic you just have to be prepared for anything.
We do try our best and are very vigilant when it comes to weather forecasting.
Safety is always our foremost concern, then comfort. We are generally not too bothered by a rain shower here or there. It is an open boat, so we have rain poncho’s to cover up and stay warm/dry, or you can pop down into the cabins if you want. If the forecast looks like a serious day of rain we which will make the trip a misery we will cancel/postpone, as we would like our guests to have a good experience.
The skipper is experienced to make decisions based on the weather, and the final decision will be his (keeping in mind that we are reliant on the information that is given to us, we can’t promise the forecast will be correct). If we decide to cancel a full refund will be given if we can’t make alternative arrangements for another day that suits your travel plans.
Can I bring alcohol?
We are not licensed for the sale of alcohol however you may bring your own, limited to 1 bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer per person, and strictly limited to 18 years of age and over.
- Passengers must be present at the Paihia Beach 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure
- Guests are required to listen carefully to the pre-departure safety briefing
- The Operator will not be responsible for any personal injuries, equipment loss or damage sustained while travelling on any of our cruises
- Children under 16 years must be under continuous adult supervision for the duration of the charter, and all activities. There is a maximum of two children (under 12 years) per adult sailing on the boat
- All departures are subject to demand, sea and weather conditions, and minimum numbers
- If you have a serious medical condition that may require assistance please note this in the special requirements box when registering your booking, and discuss this with the skipper/crew when boarding the vessel
- Cancellations by the client will incur a 20% fee of the full ticket price
- Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full charge
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