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On this wonderful 6-night cruise from Bay of Islands to Auckland , Island Passage will take you to discover the uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins, visit historic places and taste the decent food with endless sea view.

Sailing Dates
Departs: Sun, Dec 18 2016
Arrives: Sat, Dec 24 2016
Cruise code: BAYSOUTH18DEC16
Package Includes
  • Meet and transfer from Bay of Islands or Auckland Airport to the ship on arrival.
  • 6-Nights on 'Island Passage' with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Complimentary full bar with wine, beer, spirits, juices and water.
  • All cabins/suites offer private en-suites, individual air-conditioning.
  • Shore excursions and complimentary scenic helicopter flight onboard.
  • Use of kayaks, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment carried onboard.
  • Transfer to Bay of Islands or Auckland airport after the cruises returns.
  • Cruise prices per person twin share in New Zealand Dollars - includes GST.
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On this wonderful 6-night cruise from Bay of Islands to Auckland , Island Passage will take you to discover the uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins, visit historic places and taste the decent food with endless sea view.

Sailing Dates
Departs: Sun, Dec 18 2016
Arrives: Sat, Dec 24 2016
Cruise code: BAYSOUTH18DEC16
Inclusions
  • Meet and transfer from Bay of Islands or Auckland Airport to the ship on arrival.
  • 6-Nights on 'Island Passage' with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Complimentary full bar with wine, beer, spirits, juices and water.
  • All cabins/suites offer private en-suites, individual air-conditioning.
  • Shore excursions and complimentary scenic helicopter flight onboard.
  • Use of kayaks, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment carried onboard.
  • Transfer to Bay of Islands or Auckland airport after the cruises returns.
  • Cruise prices per person twin share in New Zealand Dollars - includes GST.
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On this wonderful 6-night cruise from Bay of Islands to Auckland , Island Passage will take you to discover the uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins, visit historic places and taste the decent food with endless sea view.

Day 1 Bay of Islands - You are free to drop your bags at the ship between 10-1130 am. Boarding commences at 3:30pm. We sail at 5pm after all are onboard, familiar with the safety briefing and comfortably sipping champagne, nibbling canapés and getting to know your fellow cruisers.

Day 2 Bay of Islands - Today you’ll visit beautiful Motuarohia-Roberton Island, which you can explore in many different ways. Snorkel in the sheltered lagoon, kayak around the bay or hike up to the historic Maori Pa site. From the summit you’ll be rewarded by blockbuster views of the entire Bay of Islands area – green jewels in a sea of sparkling blue. In the late afternoon we’ll motor to Urupukapuka, the largest island in the bay. While anchored in gorgeous Paradise Bay, you’ll enjoy our chef’s gourmet barbecue with fresh seafood and produce from the local farmers’ markets.

There’s plenty of time to discover Urupukapuka Island. You could hike around the island, which has historic pa sites and several fabulous beaches. Or explore the edges of the island by kayak, stopping for a picnic along the way. Fishing from one of our tenders is also an option – maybe you’ll catch dinner! If this all sounds too much, simply lounge around on board with a great book and regular deliveries of cold drinks and tasty nibbles.

Day 3 Bay of Islands - Today is the beautiful Oke Bay, an anchorage that will certainly tempt you off the back of the ship for a swim. Dolphins often visit this bay so you might have another dolphin encounter here. The water is beautifully clear – swimming to the beach is always an option for fitter guests.

Today is another special treat. After lunch the helicopter arrives at the ship and guests are taken for a complimentary scenic helicopter flight around the Bay of islands. Flights depart right off the heli-deck on the ship and fly over the crystal clear turquoise waters of the main island group to the world famous “hole in the rock”. Russell, Paihia and Waitangi are also viewed from the air and experience the thrill of landing back onto the ship heli-deck. Later today we’ll cruise through the narrows of the Albert Passage and along Cape Brett Peninsula towards Deep Water Cove. Watch for gannets and dolphins along the way. Deep Water Cove is a magical nature reserve complete with an idyllic waterfall framed by native forest.

Day 4 Whangamumu Harbour - After breakfast we visit the famous ‘hole in the rock’ then onto the unspoilt beauty of Whangamumu. Once a whaling station it was the only one in the world that caught whales with nets, and it was Northland’s longest running and most successful station that began in 1844 by John Johnson and Andrew Gibson. In 1910, the station was transformed into an extensive factory under the name of Jagger and Cook. That same year the boat Hananui was purchased, and the netting method was abandoned. This steam powered boat had a harpoon fitted to it and substantially increased the whale catch rate. The gradual decline of the station had reportedly begun in the 1930’s. The depression had affected the market price for oil and the station could not dispose of its previous years catch

We explore ashore and the beautiful bay. Perhaps a spot of fishing near Cape Brett with our guide as the fishing is very good. After dinner is finished we set sail for Great Barrier Island. A nightcap on the top deck to view the display of stars is a beautiful way to cap off your Bay of Islands experience.

Day 5 Great Barrier Island - You wake to the unspoilt beauty of Port Fitzroy Harbour. With a population of just 850, Great Barrier is a wild and enchanting paradise with amazing stories to tell. Fitzroy Harbour, on the sheltered side of the island, is one of the country’s most beautiful harbours. In many places the water is deep - right up to the shore – making it possible to anchor and tie the stern to a pohutukawa tree. Kaka parrots squawk overhead, performing entertaining aerobatics. Rare pateke ducks cruise from boat to boat, posing for photographs. The tall-forested mountains create a backdrop of amazing natural beauty. Great Barrier has a colourful history involving whaling, gold and silver mining, shipwrecks and alternative lifestyles.

Coastal explorations add a special magic to your Great Barrier experience. You can do it the fast way, in one of our high-powered tenders, or you can slip into a sea kayak and enjoy the tranquility of paddling at your pace. And then there’s the fantastic fishing – you catch ‘em, we’ll cook ‘em.

Day 6 Waiheke Island - We have an early start today to have you at Waiheke Island in time for a late morning swim. Later we go ashore for wine tasting visit of this island.

Wine Tour

Kennedy Point Vineyard was established in 1996 and from the beginning, the philosophy of the family owned vineyard has been to focus on producing the very best wines from the site matched with thorough attention in the Vineyard and wine production. The vineyard is planted on steep north facing slopes on clay soils and organic and biodynamic methods are used in the Vineyard. Kennedy Point is fully certified by Organic Farms N.Z. as of August 2010, an organic certification program designed for small producers.

Peacock Sky Vineyard nestles in the coastal hills of the Valley adjacent to the northern coast of Waiheke Island. The wines are all carefully matched with morsels of tempting food created daily by the vineyard.

Passage Rock Wines was established in 1993 to specialize in producing Waiheke wines of distinction, recognising the strengths of each site and region to produce the best wine for the season, the site and the most appropriate grape variety. Their Syrah is recognised as one of the finest in New Zealand and has an incredible 6 gold medals from just 3 years and it has ranked in the top 5 in NZ.

Day 7 Auckland - Enjoy your breakfast underway while sail into Auckland Harbour and will be berthing alongside Princes Wharf at 1000. From here we transfer guests to the Airport for flights leaving today.

Note the itinerary is subject to change due to weather and sea conditions. 

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