Combine history with the beautiful marine environment on this day long cruise that dates back nearly a century and takes in the secluded islands of the Bay plus offers a chance to swim with the dolphins who visit there waters.
The 'Cream Trip' is the most extensive day cruise available in the Bay of Islands and follows the selected routes of the original Fullers trip, which began in 1927 to deliver mail and essential supplies, and to collect cream from various settlements dotted throughout the region.
As you cruise through the Bay, you'll have the opportunity to swim with dolphins encountered along the way. You can either swim alongside these wild creatures, or try 'boom-netting', a perfect alternative for less confident swimmers. (to swim with dolphins pay an additional $30 per person)
The Cape Brett lighthouse marks the farthest point of the trip, and here you'll be taken through the stunning Hole in the Rock and its Grand Cathedral Cave. You'll also see other iconic spots such as Marsden Cross and the Black Rocks before making an island stopover for lunch.
- Follow the original Cream Trip route
- Dolphin viewing and swimming (optional)
- Spacious viewing decks and Boom-Netting
- Hole in the Rock
- Marsden Cross & Black Rocks
- Island Deliveries
- Island stopover
- Informative Historical Commentary
Swim with Dolphins: If you would like a specialised dolphin swimming cruise, it is recommended that you purchase the half day cruise.
Prices: Adult NZ $127.00 Child NZ $63.50 (under 5 yrs GO FREE)
To swim with Dolphins pay an additional $30 per person
Departures: Summer only available from 10th October 2016
Paihia 9:30am Russell 9:40am
Returns: Paihia 4:15am Russell 4:30pm
Departure Points: Paihia - the wharf next to the Maritime Building waterfront
Russell - the wharf waterfront
Reporting time: 15 minutes prior to departure
Durations: Full day approx. 6.5 hour cruise including Island stopover
Refreshments: Hot and cold drinks and light snacks are available for purchase on board. There is an option to pre-order a picnic lunch for $16 per person. (advance booking necessary) Alternatively bring a packed lunch. Lunch is also available from the cafe on Urupukapuka Island.
Equipment: Dolphin swimming option - wetsuits and snorkelling gear are supplied on board.
Commentary: A full commentary is provided in English by the skipper and crew. Printed guide sheets are available in German, Japanese and Mandarin.
What to bring: Sunhat, sunblock, camera, walking shoes, jacket. If you are planning to swim with the dolphins, please bring a towel an wear your swimsuit under your clothes for convenient changing.
- Prices stated above are in NZ dollars
- Departures and itineraries are subject to availability and weather conditions
- Children’s fares - 14 years and under
Infants - 5 years and under. No charge applies when not occupying a seat
(this excludes Dolphin Adventures where a child fare applies)
- Entry fees and meals are not included except where stated
- Non-smoking on board Fullers vessels or coaches