Cliffs and Caves

Get up close to the Bay’s amazing islands

Cliffs and Caves

Adult ($ nz)


Child ($ nz)



2.5 hours


The Bay of Islands region contains 144 islands, many with fantastic walking and snorkelling opportunities. Island Adventurer can get you to these pristine spots. Enjoy spectacular island scenery and walks with views that will leave you breathless.

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Tour description

Join us on board Island Adventurer and discover the rugged seaward side of the Bay of Islands with its sheer cliffs and caves, as well as the sweeping sandy beaches of the inshore islands.

See historic Marsden Cross, the site of New Zealand's first missionary settlement and the place where the first Christian sermon was preached. Visit the majestic Black Rocks – these stunning and rare basalt formations are of a type found in only three locations worldwide.

See the Black Rocks and Marsden Cross
Motuarohia (Roberton) Island
Urupukapuka Island walk (optional)
Photo opportunities and bird life

You'll also explore the hidden caves, lagoons and sheer rock cliffs around Roberton Island (Motuarohia), and stop off on an island for stunning views of the Bay and beyond. Island Adventurer is purpose-built to land passengers directly onto the beach.

Keep an eye out for wildlife during your cruise, as you visit a gannet colony and learn about the area's juvenile hammerhead shark nursery.

Also known as the four wheel drive of the sea, Island Adventurer is a highly manoeuvrable vessel which can get you up close to the islands and even land you on the beach for a truly unique Bay of Islands cruise experience.


Available on 8am cruise only. 

Choose to stop off at the northern end of stunning Urupukapuka Island with its white sandy beaches and rolling hills. Thanks to the Department of Conservation and Project Island Song, the island is now pest-free, making it a sanctuary for native birdlife of all kinds. The island's walking tracks are perfect for hikers of every ability.

Enjoy a six-kilometre walk through amazing coastal scenery and remote beaches towards Otehei Bay. You'll have plenty of time to soak up the views and swim in New Zealand's warmest water. Walking maps are provided.

We’ll meet you at Otehei Bay for the return trip to Paihia or Russell. Choose to depart at 1pm, or bring a picnic and enjoy some more time on the island, returning at 4.30pm.

Useful Info

  • BRING:

    Hat, sunscreen, swimwear and towel, walking shoes, a jacket and your camera. If you’re choosing the island extension, bring enough food and water for the day.

  • HEAR:

    A full commentary is provided by your skipper.


MORNING Departs Returns
Paihia 8:00 am 10:30 am
Russell 8:10 am 10:20 am
Paihia 11:00 am 1:30 pm
Russell 11:10 am 1:20 pm
AFTERNOON Departs Returns
Paihia 2:00 pm 4:30 pm
Russell 2:10 pm 4:20 pm

Easy Cancellation

Cancel or change your booking any time before 6pm on the day before departure - no cancellation fees!

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"We spent the day exploring the cliffs and caves! Was super fun and ended with a trek across Urupukapuka Island. So many beautiful beaches and the scenery was just breathtaking."

Cliffs & Caves Tour was so much fun!

March 2017
PaganMarie, TripAdvisor

"The boat's superb manoeuvrability made possible close-ups of all the islands. Nothing like feeling the waves splash you! Commentary brought alive not only the geology but the history of the Bay. Best boat tour I've been on."

Great staff, great boat and great scenery

March 2017
Nail56, TripAdvisor

"Island Adventurer gave us an informative, comfortable fast cruise of all of the Bay of Islands. We saw seabirds close up and stepped ashore on a deserted island. This is really good value if you have limited time."

An island just for you

January 2017
Robin G, TripAdvisor

"The sea was a bit choppy but we had fun bouncing along before getting to the Black Rocks. Stunning. A photographer's dream. Stopped at Urupukapuka for a nice walk up hill and down from one bay to the next. Delightful half day in the beautiful Bay of Islands."

Bay of Delights

February 2017
claudiamacdonald, Tripadvisor

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