Our Vessels and Coaches

Wondering what kind of boat or coach you'll be travelling in during your cruise or day tour?

Fullers GreatSights Vessels and Coaches

Our Vessels:

Here's some information about the Fullers GreatSights vessels.

Dolphin Seeker Hole in the Rock vessel

Dolphin Seeker

Used on: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Capacity: 230 passengers (all-weather 140)

Features

  • 24 metre catamaran
  • 3 toilets
  • 3 decks
  • Licensed bar and café
  • PA system for delivering commentary
  • Marine mammal licence

Our purpose-built Dolphin Seeker catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and our talented crew have years of experience navigating it through the Hole in the Rock and around the Bay. Dolphin Seeker has the largest viewing decks in the Bay of Islands and there are many to choose from including one at the very bow of the boat, unobstructed views on the upper deck and an expansive viewing platform on the middle deck.


 

Te Papahu Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover vessel

Te Papahu

Used on: Hole in the Rock Cruise with Island Stopover
Capacity: 86 passengers (all-weather 56)

Features

  • 18 metre catamaran
  • 2 toilets, 2 showers
  • 2 decks
  • Café 
  • PA system for delivering commentary
  • Boom Net
  • Swim capable

Te Papahu provides an intimate Hole in the Rock experience for a smaller group of passengers. The large upper viewing deck offers some of the best views in the Bay and a great vantage point for spotting wildlife.


 Te Maki The Cream Trip vessel

Te Maki

Used on: The Cream Trip Cruise
Capacity: 200 passengers (all-weather 150)

Features

  • 24 metre catamaran
  • 3 toilets
  • 3 decks
  • Licensed bar and café
  • PA system for delivering commentary
  • Boom Net, swim capable, 2 showers
  • Marine mammal licence

The latest addition to our fleet is our specially designed vessel Te Maki (meaning ‘orca’). With lots of space for passengers, Te Maki features outdoor seating, an indoor saloon/cabin and main saloon windows that start below the seat level and extend almost to the ceiling, offering amazing visibility


 

Tutunui Dolphin Eco Experience vessel

Tutunui

Used on: Dolphin Eco Experience
Capacity: 35 passengers all-weather

Features

  • 11 metre catamaran
  • 1 toilet
  • 1 deck
  • Roll up windows
  • Swim capable
  • PA system for delivering commentary
  • Marine mammal licence

Our specially designed dolphin watching boat Tutunui has a low viewing deck, water jet engines and an underwater microphone - all the necessary features for locating dolphins! We take a maximum of 35 passengers on board which means you're guaranteed an up close and personal experience with wildlife. If the opportunity arises, jump into the water and swim with dolphins from Tutunui.


 

Fullers GreatSights Island Adventurer boat

Island Adventurer

Used on: Cliffs and Caves cruise
Capacity: 34 passengers all-weather

Features

  • 12.6 metre monohull
  • 1 toilet
  • 1 deck
  • Beach landing capability
  • PA system for delivering commentary

One of the coolest boats in our fleet, the Island Adventurer is an inflatable Naiad capable of zipping around islands and bays, getting up close to cliffs, caves and rocks and landing on the beach. The rollup side windows provide great visibility and there’s enough space inside to enjoy a comfortable, speedy adventure around the Bay of Islands.


 

Passenger Ferries:

Here's some information about the Fullers GreatSights ferry vessels.

Fullers GreatSights Passenger Ferry Bay Belle II

Bay Belle II

Passenger ferry
Capacity: 100 passengers all-weather

Features

  • 16.7 metre monohull
  • Open upper deck

The Bay Belle II has been in operation since 2011, when she replaced the original Bay Belle on the Paihia-Russell ferry run. The iconic Bay Belle started operating in 1961, at first on the Cream Trip, then as the main passenger ferry from 1973 onwards before retiring and handing over the reins to her namesake.


 

Fullers GreatSights Passenger Ferry Fast Ferry

Fast Ferry

Passenger ferry
Capacity: 28 passengers (all-weather 24)

Features

  • 10 metre catamaran

Our second passenger ferry, Super Jet, also known as Fast Ferry is powered by two twin jet Yanmar, 477Kw diesel engines. It’s a speedy smaller boat offering passenger transport between Russell and Paihia.


 

Vehicle Ferries:

Here's some information about the Fullers GreatSights vehicle ferries.

Fullers GreatSights Vehicle Ferry

Arawhiti

Vehicle ferry
Capacity: 120 passengers and 120 tonne

Okiato

Vehicle ferry
Capacity: 99 passengers and 100 tonne

Opua

Vehicle ferry
Capacity: 96 passengers and 60 tonne

Our vehicle ferries operate 7 days a week, year-round with each vehicle crossing taking between 7-8 minutes. Arawhiti is our largest vehicle ferry at 33 metres long while Okiato is 24 metres long. Our ferries allow vehicles to drive on and off without having to turn around. We always have two ferries operating at once, every 10-15 minutes. Opua is our standby ferry and is used to cover one of the larger ferries when they’re scheduled for maintenance.


 

Coaches

Here's some information about the Fullers GreatSights vehicle ferries.

Fullers GreatSights Cape Reinga Coach

Cape Reinga day tour

  • Scania coaches
  • Air-conditioning 
  • Mounted TV screen with live feed
  • Fully fitted with seatbelts
  • Capacity of 48 passengers

Our Cape Reinga day tour coaches are purpose-built for driving on Ninety Mile Beach and sit much higher than regular coaches, with good height clearance for driving in the stream and along the beach. We’re able to easily access underneath the coaches so they can be hosed off and thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day. Our newer coaches are fixed with an external front facing camera that live streams onto an internal TV, giving passengers a view of the driver’s perspective. Although our coaches aren’t equipped with toilets, we do stop regularly throughout the day for toilet breaks.


 

Fullers GreatSights Hokianga van

Kerikeri/Giants and Glowworms day tour

  • Toyota Hiace Van
  • Air-conditioning
  • PA system for delivering commentary
  • Fitted with full seatbelts
  • Capacity of 10 passengers

We take a smaller number of passengers on our Giants and Glowworms day tour providing an intimate and engaging experience. Our vans are fitted with a PA system so passengers can enjoy the driver’s entertaining and informative commentary along the way.


 

Russell Mini Tour mini van

Russell Mini tour

Russell Mini tours are operated by a third party in small tour vans. The drivers provide a warm and entertaining commentary and take you to places that aren’t easily reached by foot.