The Cream Trip

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

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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 and swim with the dolphins or boom net alongside the vessel. The Cream Trip is the perfect cruise for nature lovers, and the most extensive historical cruise in the Bay.

This tour does not operate from 1 May to 8 October. To swim with dolphins during this time, take our Hole in the Rock cruise

Departs: 9:30am Returns: 4:15pm Departs: 9:40am Returns: 4:30pm
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  • Hole in the Rock, Marsden Cross and Black Rocks
  • Dolphin viewing and swimming
  • Urupukapuka Island stopover
  • Boom-netting

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.

Enjoy stunning views of the islands as we travel out through the islands, 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 and if conditions are suitable, go swimming alongside these inquisitive creatures – it’s a life-changing experience! Please pre-book for this experience as there are limited swim spots available at a cost of $30 per person. Alternatively try boom-netting, hanging on to the net as we glide through the water.

Step ashore at Otehei Bay on stunning Urupukapuka Island and relax on the beach, go for a swim or take a stroll. From the top of the hill above the beach you can enjoy panoramic views of the whole Bay.

A picnic lunch can be pre-purchased with this cruise, or feel free to bring your own lunch.


Useful Info

BRING: Hat, sunscreen, camera, walking shoes, a jacket and your camera. Swimming? Bring a towel and wear your swimsuit under your clothing for convenience. EXTRAS: Swimming with the dolphins is optional and costs an additional $30 pp. We recommend paying at time of booking to guarantee your place as limited spaces are available. Wetsuits and snorkelling gear are available on board.  EAT: Limited hot and cold refreshments are available on board. We recommend that you pre-purchase a lunch for this trip, or you can pack your own picnic lunch. HEAR: A full commentary is provided by the skipper.