The Cream Trip

Follow the original Cream Trip route and see the best of the Bay - a must-do since 1927. Family passes now available!

The Cream Trip

Adult ($ nz)


Child ($ nz)



Full Day


Explore the Bay of Islands on the cruise that started it all! Stop on a secluded island and travel to the famous Hole in the Rock. View dolphins or boom net alongside the vessel. The Cream Trip is the perfect cruise for families and nature lovers, and the most extensive historical cruise in the Bay. 

Book online and save 10%! Family passes now available.

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Tour description

In 1927, Albert Ernest Fuller acquired a delivery route around the Bay of Islands known as the Cream Trip. Locals and visitors began to come along for the ride, and tourism in the Bay of Islands was born.

Today we still follow the original Cream Trip route, delivering mail and supplies to island residents and showing you the best of the Bay on a relaxed day-long cruise. This is the perfect cruise for nature lovers, and the most extensive historical cruise offered in the Bay of Islands.


Dolphin viewing
See the Hole in the Rock
Island stopover
Island deliveries
The Black Rocks and Marsden Cross

Enjoy stunning views of the islands as we travel out through the islands on our new vessel Te Maki, making deliveries on our way. On arrival at Cape Brett Lighthouse, the farthest post of the original Cream Trip, we take you through the stunning Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island. You’ll also see the impressive Black Rocks and Marsden Cross, where the first Christian sermon in New Zealand was held in 1814.

See dolphins in their natural environment – it’s a life-changing experience! Alternatively try boom-netting, hanging on to the net as we glide through the water.

Spend some time at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island - relax on the beach, head up to the viewing point for a breath-taking outlook, and grab a snack at the island's café. Ninety years on, the Cream Trip cruise is still the best way to see the Bay.

Useful Info

  • BRING:

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

  • HEAR:

    A full commentary provided by the skipper. Printed multilingual maps are available in Chinese, Japanese and German.

  • EAT:

    You can buy hot and cold drinks and limited cold food on board, and grab a snack at the cafe on Urupukapuka Island. You can also pre-book a lunch through us, or bring your own.


    Adult $135, Child $67.50
    2 Adult/1 Child Family Pass $275
    2 Adult/2 Child Family Pass $329


  Departs Returns
Paihia 9:30 am 4:30 pm
Russell 9:40 am 4:20 pm
  • Available every Tuesday & Saturday
  • Please report 15 minutes before departure

Easy Cancellation

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

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"A nice and friendly crew and a wonderful day in the Bay of Islands! Our stop at Motuarohia Island was also very beautiful!"

A Dream Trip

November 2017
Bauerco, Tripadvisor

"Had a wonderful time. Our tour guides were very well educated on their surrounds and were very concerned with their environment and protecting the dolphins. Warm and friendly crew."

Cream Trip

May 2017
Jo P, Tripadvisor

"Combines all the cruise options in one full day. We managed to tick most of the boxes: saw a pod of dolphins, Cape Brett lighthouse and Hole in the Rock, delivered mail, spent a relaxing hour on an island, and some boomnetting for the young at heart."

The Cream of the Crop

April 2017
Joanna K, Tripadvisor

"Thoroughly enjoyed the Cream Trip day cruise. A trip to Cape Brett on the bow viewing deck was definitely fun and exhilarating, then a slow meander through the Hole in the Rock was not only mind blowing, it was exceptionally well done as there was a wee bit of a swell."

Dolphins galore and the Cape Brett Hole In The Rock

October 2017
Damissinlynx, Tripadvisor

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