Fullers great sights tour options

A trip to New Zealand is not complete without visiting the Bay of Islands - not just for its warm, sheltered waters, white sand beaches and abundant marine life, but because of its fascinating history.

It was here in the Northland region that the Maori voyager Kupe first set foot, followed by Captain Cook in 1769.  In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed here by Maori and Pakeha (Europeans) and our journey as a nation began.

Experience the stunning natural beauty of the Bay's 144 islands.  Visit the awe-inspiring Hole in the Rock, watch dolphins at play and/or swim with them in New Zealand's warmest waters.  Travel further north along Ninety Mile Beach and stand at the tip of Aoteraroa, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide.

Fullers have operated in the Bay since 1886. They offer a great range of cruises and tours. 
As booking agents for their tours, we are able to offer you a discounted rate when booking online. 
Check out the details of the tour options below.

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CREAM TRIP

Join us for a ‘day in the Bay’ and see the best of the region with our most comprehensive cruise.  This full day cruise is a truly ‘Kiwi’ experience with its laid back, relaxed pace. The Cream Trip allows you to do it all, following the original route established by Albert Ernest Fuller in 1927 to transport goods to the outlying islands. Back then the route took three days and cost five shillings! These days you get to do all the best bits: cruise around forest-fringed islands with golden sand beaches, learn about the history of the region, see dolphins and whales in the wild, go boom-netting and if conditions permit, swim with dolphins in the wild (additional $30 per person).

Highlights:

  • Dolphin viewing

  • Dolphin swimming - additional $30 per person

  • Hole in the Rock

  • Island stopover / Deliveries

  • Boom-netting

  • The Black Rocks & Marsden Cross

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CLIFFS & CAVES

This versatile cruise can be a thrilling two-hour trip around some of the hidden wonders of the Bay, or you can extend it to a full day experience including an island walk on Urupukapuka Island at no extra charge. Island Adventurer is our most agile vessel that can get you up close to hidden caves, rugged cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches. Visit the majestic Black Rocks and historic Marsden Cross, and stop off on an excluded island to explore, swim or just relax.

Highlights:

  • Secluded island stop

  • Black Rocks & gannet restoration colony

  • Marsden Cross

  • Hidden caves

  • Extend your island visit for free

  • Native bird life

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CAPE REINGA & 90 MILE BEACH TOUR

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a trip to its northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Stand at the iconic Cape Reinga lighthouse and see the place where the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea collide. Your driver guide will share with you the Māori legends of this immensely spiritual place. Along the way you’ll also drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach and navigate Te Paki Stream, surf down massive sand dunes, explore a forest of ancient kauri trees, and tuck into a free lunch of fresh fish and chips at the beautiful Houhora Heads.

Highlights:

  • Travel along Ninety Mile Beach

  • Cape Reinga Lighthouse

  • Sandboarding at Te Paki Stream

  • Free lunch of fresh fish & chips

  • Informative commentary

  • Giant kauri trees at Puketi Forest

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GREAT VALUE COMBO: SURF & SWIM

Dolphin Eco + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry

You’ll get the full Bay of Islands experience with this combo. On your Dolphin Eco Experience cruise, slip into New Zealand’s warmest waters and go swimming with dolphins in their natural environment.

Then take a trip into New Zealand’s Far North and visit Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand. In Māori legend, this is the place where spirits depart for the underworld. Along the way, drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach, see ancient kauri trees and surf down giant sand dunes on a boogie board. Your combo also includes a ferry ride between Paihia and Russell so you can explore this historic township.

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DOLPHIN ECO - EXPERIENCE

Dolphins are incredible creatures: gentle, intelligent and very ‘human’ in their behaviours and interactions. The Bay of Islands is frequently visited by pods of both bottlenose and common dolphins, and our expert staff can recognise many of them by their names and markings. Observe  them up close in their own environment on our purpose-built vessel complete with super low viewing decks and even an underwater microphone. If conditions permit, grab a snorkel and swim with the dolphins in New Zealand’s warmest waters (additional $30 per person).

Highlights:

  • Dolphin swimming - additional $30 per person  

  • Guaranteed dolphin viewing

  • Lowest viewing decks  

  • Underwater microphones

  • Passionate expert guidelines

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GREAT VALUE COMBO: THE BEGININGS

 The Cream Trip + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry

Northland is known as the ‘birthplace of New Zealand’ – take a trip through history with this combo. Start with a full day Bay of Islands cruise, following the route of the original Cream Trip, which sparked the beginning of tourism in the region. Spend the day on the water, try boom-netting, swim with dolphins (optional extra) and enjoy an island stopover. Then visit the Far North and discover Cape Reinga, a place steeped in Māori tradition and the northernmost point of New Zealand. Journey through ancient forest, along famous Ninety Mile Beach and even along a stream, where you can try sand-surfing down huge dunes! Your combo also includes a ferry trip to Russell, a charming seaside village

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