The Cream Trip

Follow the original Cream Trip route and see the best of the Bay - a must-do since 1927.

The Cream Trip

Adult ($ nz)


Child ($ nz)



Full Day


See it all on the Bay's most iconic cruise! This full-day experience has something for everyone, from island visits to dolphin watching. Stop off at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island to swim, eat your lunch and enjoy the views.

Tour description

Back in 1927, Albert Fuller acquired a contact to deliver cream and other goods between island farms and the mainland. Locals and visitors began to come along for the ride, and 'the Cream Trip' became a must-do activity. 

Today we still follow the original Cream Trip route, delivering mail and supplies to the islands while we show you the very best of the Bay, from its historical highlights to its most scenic spots.


Dolphin viewing
Island stopover
Island deliveries
The Black Rocks and Marsden Cross

See dolphins in their natural environment – it’s a life-changing experience! 

Stop off at Otehei Bay or Urupukapuka Island to swim, eat your lunch and enjoy the views. Ninety years on, the Cream Trip is still the best way to see the Bay.

Useful Info

  • BRING:

    Your hat, swimwear, sunscreen, camera, walking shoes and a jacket.

  • HEAR:

    A full commentary provided by the skipper.

  • EAT:

    You can buy hot and cold drinks and limited snacks on board, or grab a meal at the cafe on Urupukapuka Island. Limited menu available in winter.


    Adult $110, Child $55
    2 Adult/2 Child Family Pass $275


 TUES | THURS | SAT - FROM OCTOBER 2022 Departs Returns
Paihia 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Russell 10:10 am 4:50 pm
Daily departures on public holidays and during school holidays

Looking for something similar - try our Hole in the Rock cruise operating daily from 1 December 2021.

While New Zealand is within the COVID-19 Protection Framework, we will be operating with a requirement for vaccination certificates. Vaccination certificates must be presented at the time of check in as a prerequisite to boarding your cruise. 

Explore Group are committed to providing a COVID safe environment, all customer facing staff and vessel crew will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



"Just amazing is all I can say!!! Super trip out on the water!! Great staff and the captains commentary throughout the trip was informative and lots of really interesting facts - he really knew his stuff. The boat itself was very comfortable, able to buy snacks and drinks, also the toilets were clean. We got to see penguins, lots of bird life, common dolphins and bottle nosed dolphins. We loved the stop in the island for lunch!


December 2020
Melisa H, TripAdvisor

"Money so well spent. Learn so much history about the birth of NZ. Have fun on a boat, see dolphins and fish, and heaps of other cool stuff. Captain and crew made the trip so enjoyable, can’t thank them enough. We even had rain for the first half of the day but still one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever done. Just book it!!"

So good. Just needs to be done.

January 2021
Nick M, TripAdvisor

"Fantastic day on the water exploring islands. Saw dolphins and wonderful scenery. Paul and his team were brilliant and did a great job. Good commentary and friendly service. Thank you"

Great trip around the Bay of Islands NZ

March 2021
Cillabell, TripAdvisor

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