Discover the Bay Tour with Dolphins

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Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a scenic cruise and swim with dolphins on this full day sightseeing tour.

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Tour with Lunch

Lamb option:

- Moroccan lamb salad with roast vegetables, garden herbs and pomegranate molasses dressing
- Freshly baked roll
- Lemon yoghurt semolina cake
- Bag of mixed nuts and fruit

Vegetarian option:

- Smoked mushroom, roast pumpkin and feta salad with mesculin and balsamic dressing
- Freshly baked roll
- Lemon yoghurt semolina cake
- Bag of mixed nuts and fruit

Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Lamb or vegetarian lunch options / Admission fees / English-speaking guide / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)

Schedule

  • 07:30-06:30

    Pick-up at Auckland Hotels or Check-in at Sky City Coach Terminal

  • Bay of Islands

    Travel to the so called "Winterless North" as you cross over the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge. Enjoy the wonderful ride as your guide keeps you informed and entertained by pointing out key sites, from rolling farmlands to lush forests.

  • Dolphin Cruise from Paihia

    Hop on a cruise and head out to the warmest waters in New Zealand to play with dolphins. The experienced crew will lead to you to these wonderful creatures via the dolphin watching boat, Tutunui.

  • Swim with Dolphins (if conditions permit)

    If the conditions permit, head out for a swim with the animals. Snorkel and play around with the dolphins in one of the warmest waters in the country. Revel in this unforgettable experience before heading back to port and boarding your coach for the return trip to Auckland.

  • 19:30

    Check-out at Sky City Coach Terminal or Drop-off at Auckland Hotels

  • (For Check-In ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:30:00

  • Please refer to the hotel pick-up list.

    Attached PDF file
  • (For Check-Out ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 19:30:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:30:00

  • Please refer to the hotel pick-up list.

    Attached PDF file

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 19:30:00

Age From Free Tour without Lunch Total Book Now! Processing... Not Available All Ages Package Detail / Schedule Adult ( Age 15 - 999 ) From Child ( Age 5 - 14 ) From Infant ( Age 0 - 4 ) Free Adult ( Age 15 - 999 ) From Child ( Age 5 - 14 ) From Infant ( Age 0 - 4 ) Free Adult ( Age 15 - 999 ) From Child ( Age 5 - 14 ) From Infant ( Age 0 - 4 ) Free
Tour without Lunch

Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Lamb or vegetarian lunch options / Admission fees / English-speaking guide / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)

Schedule

  • 07:30-06:30

    Pick-up at Auckland Hotels or Check-in at Sky City Coach Terminal

  • Bay of Islands

    Travel to the so called "Winterless North" as you cross over the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge. Enjoy the wonderful ride as your guide keeps you informed and entertained by pointing out key sites, from rolling farmlands to lush forests.

  • Dolphin Cruise from Paihia

    Hop on a cruise and head out to the warmest waters in New Zealand to play with dolphins. The experienced crew will lead to you to these wonderful creatures via the dolphin watching boat, Tutunui.

  • Swim with Dolphins (if conditions permit)

    If the conditions permit, head out for a swim with the animals. Snorkel and play around with the dolphins in one of the warmest waters in the country. Revel in this unforgettable experience before heading back to port and boarding your coach for the return trip to Auckland.

  • 19:30

    Check-out at Sky City Coach Terminal or Drop-off at Auckland Hotels

  • (For Check-In ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:30:00

  • Please refer to the hotel pick-up list.

    Attached PDF file
  • (For Check-Out ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 19:30:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:30:00

  • Please refer to the hotel pick-up list.

    Attached PDF file

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 19:30:00

Schedule

  • 07:30-06:30

    Pick-up at Auckland Hotels or Check-in at Sky City Coach Terminal

  • Bay of Islands

    Travel to the so called "Winterless North" as you cross over the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge. Enjoy the wonderful ride as your guide keeps you informed and entertained by pointing out key sites, from rolling farmlands to lush forests.

  • Dolphin Cruise from Paihia

    Hop on a cruise and head out to the warmest waters in New Zealand to play with dolphins. The experienced crew will lead to you to these wonderful creatures via the dolphin watching boat, Tutunui.

  • Swim with Dolphins (if conditions permit)

    If the conditions permit, head out for a swim with the animals. Snorkel and play around with the dolphins in one of the warmest waters in the country. Revel in this unforgettable experience before heading back to port and boarding your coach for the return trip to Auckland.

  • 19:30

    Check-out at Sky City Coach Terminal or Drop-off at Auckland Hotels

  • (For Check-In ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:30:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Specific Hotels in Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand) Time: 06:30:00

  • (For Check-Out ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 19:30:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Specific Hotels in Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand) Time: 19:30:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:30:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Specific Hotels in Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand) Time: 06:30:00

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out ) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 19:30:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Specific Hotels in Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand) Time: 19:30:00

Description

Some say swimming with dolphins is a life-changing experience. This return tour from Auckland gives you the chance to get into the water with these amazing creatures and swim alongside as they play in their natural environment (conditions permitting). You'll also cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay and gain an insight into this historically significant region.

Leaving Auckland, travel north on a luxury coach, passing through lush green farmland and native bush as your driver guide points out scenic highlights and shares stories about local history. Arrive in the seaside town of Paihia for your dolphin eco cruise and your chance to swim with wild dolphins.

This half-day cruise seeks out the many playful common and bottlenose dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep an eye out for other marine life as well, including whales, penguins and seals as you cruise. Our experienced crew have an intimate knowledge of dolphin behavior - join them in searching for those tell-tale splashes from our purpose-built dolphin watching boat Tutunui.

If conditions permit, jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these graceful and inquisitive creatures - it'll be an experience you will never forget!

At the conclusion of your dolphin cruise you will re-board your coach for the return journey to Auckland.

Available Languages

  • All tours include a comprehensive English commentary by the driver guide while headsets are provided in Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

Menu

The following menu options are available on this tour:

Lamb:

  • Moroccan lamb salad with roast vegetables, garden herbs and pomegranate molasses dressing

  • Freshly baked roll

  • Lemon yoghurt semolina cake

  • Bag of mixed nuts and fruit

Vegetarian:

  • Smoked mushroom, roast pumpkin and feta salad with mesculin and balsamic dressing

  • Freshly baked roll

  • Lemon yoghurt semolina cake

  • Bag of mixed nuts and fruit

Please Note

  • Menu is subject to change.

  • Children under 5 years old are free of charge when not occupying a seat.

  • Snorkels, masks, fins and wetsuits are provided.

  • If conditions do not permit you to swim with the dolphins, full retail paying customers will

receive a refund.

  • During the summer months, guests will board the Tutunui boat for their swim with the dolphins. However, due to the seasonal nature of tourism at the Bay, during winter months, guests will board the Hole in the Rock cruise boat for that part of the tour.

  • If your hotel is not on the list, you may choose to proceed to Sky City Coach Terminal. Please indicate your choice upon booking.

Includes

  • Lamb or vegetarian lunch options

  • Admission fees

  • English-speaking guide

  • Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)

Notes

Additional Note(s)
  • In rare cases of no dolphins sightings, you will be able to take the tour again for free. (subject to availability)

  • Swimming with the dolphins is subject to local policies and will depend on the skipper's discretion.

  • During the summer months, guests will board the Tutunui boat for their swim with the dolphins. However, due to the seasonal nature of tourism at the Bay, during winter months, guests will board the Hole in the Rock cruise boat for that part of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made after 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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