Cruise to Bay of Islands

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New Zealand Cruises: Your guide to cruising the Bay of Islands

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Frequently asked questions

We hope you’re got a few days up your sleeve! Spend your time in Bay of Islands exploring the stunning scenery of over 140 subtropical islands, visiting historic sites, and enjoying water activities like dolphin watching and kayaking. 


Yes, cruises stopping in Bay of Islands are great for families, offering activities and sights that appeal to all ages.


Yes, of course! There are options for different budgets, including more economical sightseeing cruises.


The summer months, from December to March, offer the best weather for cruising and outdoor activities. This also happens to be the best time to see pods of orcas cruising past your boat.


Some cruises may cater more to adults, offering a more relaxed and quiet experience. Chat with your Flight Centre cruising expert for more details.


Cruise durations vary, and can range from a few days to several weeks, depending on the itinerary and destinations included.


A range of vessels stop in Bay of Islands' port, from medium to larger cruise liners.  Chat with your Flight Centre cruise expert to find the right ship for you.


Yes, check out itineraries that focus on wildlife and nature, cultural heritage tours, and adventure activities like diving, snorkeling and hiking.


Yes, last-minute bookings are often possible. However, if you’ve got your heart set on a particular itinerary or ship, we recommend booking in advance to avoid missing out.


Unique experiences include up-close encounters with marine life, visiting historical landmarks, and enjoying the tranquil natural beauty of the bay.


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