51 Bay of Islands Cruise Reviews

Great to have the shuttle bus to take us to Russell, nice to just have a wonder and look around.
Great to have the shuttle bus to take us to Russell, nice to just have a wonder and look around. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The ship was anchored off Bay of Islands for several hours and we took the tender to the shore. No excursion needed - free shuttle bus to Paihia where a remarkable craft market operates when the cruise ships are in. Exquisite and ... Read More
The ship was anchored off Bay of Islands for several hours and we took the tender to the shore. No excursion needed - free shuttle bus to Paihia where a remarkable craft market operates when the cruise ships are in. Exquisite and 'different' arts and crafts are available to view and purchase. The town of Paihia is a gem and hours of leisure can be spent here. Get the shuttle back to the wharf and if you are interested in NZ history, the Maori treaty house is a short walk up the hill before catching the tender back to the ship - cost you $50 though!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Wedding take an excursion know we just caught the free bus that took us into the city there's two little areas and that was great we just walked around did our own thing bought some beautiful locally grown cherries absolutely ... Read More
Wedding take an excursion know we just caught the free bus that took us into the city there's two little areas and that was great we just walked around did our own thing bought some beautiful locally grown cherries absolutely beautiful the flavour you could really taste the cherries nothing like that that I've tasted in Sydney or in Queensland great people very friendly very helpful really enjoyed just being in the city Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
5 star before leaving the ship!! Walked around Paihia before getting the Ferry to Russell. More walking before a great meal at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel and retracing our steps to the ship.
5 star before leaving the ship!! Walked around Paihia before getting the Ferry to Russell. More walking before a great meal at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel and retracing our steps to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We took the Ferry over to Russell and walked around the peninsula. It was a really cute little town and the people were super friendly. The cruise ship really stuffed up the logistics. The buses that transported people from the tender ... Read More
We took the Ferry over to Russell and walked around the peninsula. It was a really cute little town and the people were super friendly. The cruise ship really stuffed up the logistics. The buses that transported people from the tender area to the town were not available to transport us back to the tender area so we ended up walking back (a 30-minute walk, and we walk fast). Then once we got to the tender area they only had two tenders running and with about 3000 people waiting to go back to the ship we had to wait for more than an hour and a half in a line on a hot parking lot to catch a tender. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Lovely small town which puts on a great market on cruise days. Free shuttle buses took us from wharf to town of Paihia and then to site of the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi - well worth the visit to go there
Lovely small town which puts on a great market on cruise days. Free shuttle buses took us from wharf to town of Paihia and then to site of the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi - well worth the visit to go there Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Took ferry across to Russell. Lovely historical town. Went on The Russell Mini Tour. Well worth it. Our driver was so knowledgeable about the area.
Took ferry across to Russell. Lovely historical town. Went on The Russell Mini Tour. Well worth it. Our driver was so knowledgeable about the area. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
the one-hour driving tour we took wasn't great. It's nicer to just walk along the water after tendering - no need to take the shuttle into town. Took a short swim at the beach near the tender spot - pretty nice.
the one-hour driving tour we took wasn't great. It's nicer to just walk along the water after tendering - no need to take the shuttle into town. Took a short swim at the beach near the tender spot - pretty nice. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We took the tender ashore to Waitangi and walked the short distance to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The Modern museum here is beautifully set up with really interestig displays. We opted to take the guided tour which turned out to be ... Read More
We took the tender ashore to Waitangi and walked the short distance to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The Modern museum here is beautifully set up with really interestig displays. We opted to take the guided tour which turned out to be extremely helpful. Everyone in the tour group was given a portable headset so we could hear everything our guide was saying. As we walked from one location to the next the guide was explaining about Maori history and some background to the Waitangi Treaty. The first stop was at the war canoes where he explained about their construction and how they were used etc. From there we walked up to the flagpole which is located where the Tribal Chiefs Met with the British representatives to discuss and sign the treaty in 1840. From there we were taken to Te Whare Runanga - the carved meeting house where some Maoris performed a welcoming ceremony outside and then invited us inside to witness some Maori cultural dancing and singing. At the conclusion of that performance we were free to wander the grounds and inspect the renovated home of the initial British Goverment Representative in New Zealand, James Busby. What was originally in 1934 a four roomed house with a seperate kitchen, storeroom and servants quarters at the rear was extended in 1941 by adding three bedrooms at the rear. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Beautiful area with lots of water activity. We took a boat cruise around the islands that we arranged ourselves.
Beautiful area with lots of water activity. We took a boat cruise around the islands that we arranged ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Wow -it rained and it poured and our group got soaked but it was fun - except we are now all coming down with colds. Went to Russell which is worth a look. There is a glow worm cave to see but it was out of action due to heavy rain ... Read More
Wow -it rained and it poured and our group got soaked but it was fun - except we are now all coming down with colds. Went to Russell which is worth a look. There is a glow worm cave to see but it was out of action due to heavy rain (I'd seen it before). Town is lovely to walk around and do some shopping, Treaty grounds are really worth exploring (lots of history) and you may see a Maori exhibition (really good) Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
A beautiful seaside port. Plenty to do and see here, lots of nice places to stay if you have the time. We found a great market in the main park where they were selling quite eclectic souvenirs.
A beautiful seaside port. Plenty to do and see here, lots of nice places to stay if you have the time. We found a great market in the main park where they were selling quite eclectic souvenirs. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Only thing we did here was go on a V8 Three wheeled trike ride to waterfall and lookout. Have been to Bay of Islands before and really had no plans for the day.
Only thing we did here was go on a V8 Three wheeled trike ride to waterfall and lookout. Have been to Bay of Islands before and really had no plans for the day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017

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