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.

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  • Hole in the Rock, Marsden Cross and Black Rocks
  • Dolphin viewing and swimming
  • 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 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 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.

We’ll also choose a secluded island where you can stop off to explore, go for a swim or simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty around you. Ninety years on, the Cream Trip cruise is still the best way to see the Bay.


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. You can pre-purchase a lunch for this trip, or bring your own picnic lunch. HEAR: A full commentary is provided by the skipper. GOOD TO KNOW:: Interacting with dolphins and marine mammals is subject to DOC regulations.