Bay of Islands Cruise

Bay of Islands Cruise

From NZD $7,950


These are summertime voyages to the Bay of Islands: Where you’ll discover uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins at play, visit fascinating historic places and enjoy superb cuisine, served with endless sea views. You will discover perfect beaches, untouched native forests and fabulous walks. In terms of New Zealand’s history this region is the birthplace of our nation.

Trip Name
Bay of Islands Cruise
Vessel Type: Yacht Length: 53.5 metres Passenger Capacity: 32 Built: 2020/2021 At Island Escape Cruises we are passionate about preserving the beautiful water in which we are travelling. We have built a yacht which goes above and beyond the future global standards for emission, but we want to go further. The elimination of single use plastic is our goal. Onboard each guest receives a reusable water bottle which can be refilled around the yacht and taken with you as a souvenir. We have installed an advanced wastewater treatment system onboard enabling us to have zero impact in sensitive areas. Our new yacht complies with SOLAS and is fitted with state-of-the-art stabilisers, fuel-efficient diesel-electric propulsion, and catalytic invertors that reduce NOX emissions to air up to 90%. With this innovative technology and our 15 years of experience, Island Escape will set a new standard, making her one of safest, most environmentally friendly and comfortable yachts of her class. To further reduce energy consumption, we have installed a waste heat recovery system that uses waste heat from the engines to make hot water for your showers and the galley.  We want to leave any destinations we visit in the same or even better condition than we found it to make sure future generations will have the chance to experience it as we did. Therefore, we have fitted our yacht with a dynamic positioning system, which allows us to be stationary in areas where the use of anchors would damage the seabed. The Art Of Dining Relaxation, exceptional food and carefully selected wines are an essential part of your vacation. Fresh sea air not only clears your mind, it also makes you hungry. Our chefs are dedicated, ensuring that every meal is magnificent. Local seafood, maybe even some that you caught yourself, is featured daily. You´ll enjoy locally sustainable specialities and even an opportunity for the chefs to prepare some of your own fresh catch. All Inclusive We strive to give you a relaxing lifelong memorable experience on-board our yacht. All food, drinks, activities, unlimited Wi-Fi and services are included in your fare. Our Suites With only 32 guests on-board our yacht is spacious, yet intimate enough to give you a truly exclusive private yacht atmosphere. All seventeen suites are designed by Tillberg Design of Sweden and come with ocean views. Our premium Owners suite and six Horizon suites are located on the upper deck and have floor to ceiling panoramic doors to your balcony. The spacious Ocean Suites are available in king, twin or single configurations.


Day 1 - Day 1 Auckland
Welcome to Auckland and your Bay of Islands cruise.You’ll find Island Escape moored at Auckland’s Princes Wharf – boarding is at 5 pm for a 6 pm departure. Once onboard please make yourselves at home in your cabins then join the Captain, crew and fellow passengers for cocktails and canapés on deck. Relax and mingle as we cast-off into Waitemata Harbour, taking in evening views of Auckland’s waterfront, harbour bridge and glittering skyline. We head into the Hauraki Gulf, passing Devonport North Head and the dormant volcanic island of Rangitoto on our port side. We anchor for the night in a secluded bay at nearby Waiheke Island and set the table for a delicious dinner together to celebrate the start of your adventure.
Day 2 - Day 2 Waiheke Island
Rise early, and you can start day two with a refreshing swim off the stern of the ship (or sleep in a little!) before joining the others for a sumptuous breakfast on the aft deck. We’ll take you ashore for a short walk up to Oneroa, Waiheke’s charming little township. You’ll find funky craft shops, galleries and eateries to explore – look out for local Waiheke wines and produce. We’ll get you back on board in time for lunch and get ready for our passage out to Great Barrier Island across the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Once under-way, Island Escape‘s bow is the place to be – there is a good chance we will encounter pods of dolphins, they often come to play in our bow-wave. Whales frequent the Hauraki gulf also so keep an eye out – the crew will help you spot them if they are around. Great Barrier Island’s distinctive jagged skyline and verdant hillsides will soon come in to view – our anchorage tonight is spectacular Port Fitzroy Harbour.
Day 3 - Day 3 Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island is wild, remote and unspoilt – you’ll wake on day three to a real sense of being ‘away-from-it-all’. Fitzroy Harbour is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful natural harbours with a colourful history of whaling, gold mining, shipwrecks and alternative lifestyles. Today you have the opportunity to explore the island’s coastline by landing craft with the First Mate and maybe do a bit of fishing. We sail north towards the Bay of Islands after dinner. Off the coast, far from major habitation, clear dark skies give stargazers a spectacular celestial canopy.
Day 4 - Day 4 Bay of Islands
During the night, we round Cape Brett and anchor in the beautiful turquoise waters of Oke Bay – one of our favourite spots. Feel free to dive off the stern, and perhaps swim to the white sandy beach before breakfast. Dolphins are regular visitors to the Oke Bay, they are bold and enjoy playing around the ship, keep an eye out for them.We take to the air after breakfast – helicopters pick you up from Island Escape’s helipad, whisking you away to get stunning views across the Bay of Islands – don’t forget your cameras! The afternoon of day four is spent bay-hopping for swims and beach exploration. You always have the option to relax onboard of course. We anchor in Parekura Bay just before sunset, then sit down to another beautiful dinner and perhaps share a few photos of the day’s adventures.
Day 5 - Day 5 Bay of Islands
Today we head west to the beautiful Motuarohia-Roberton Island and moor up exactly where Captain James Cook anchored his ship Endeavour in 1769.You can explore the island 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 with panoramic views of the Bay. After lunch, we motor back across to Urupukapuka island, the largest in the Bay, to enjoy it’s crystal clear waters and collect green-lipped mussels from our special spot. They make a lovely afternoon snack served with a chilled sauvignon blanc and some gentle herbs from our chef’s onboard garden.We anchor for the night off Russell.
Day 6 - Day 6 Bay of Islands
After breakfast on day six, you can explore Russell. The town has a rich history – known in the old whaling days as the lawless ‘the hellhole of the Pacific’ – it became the first capital of New Zealand in 1840. Russell today retains an old-world charm – enjoy the shops and cafes or perhaps take a ferry across the Bay and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. We usually all end up back at Russell’s waterfront in the afternoon, gathering at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel’s veranda bar. Enjoy a drink here with the Captain while overlooking the Bay before returning to the ship for dinner.Overnight we head south again, returning to Waiheke Island.
Day 7 - Day 7 Waiheke Island
Day seven and there’s an aroma of fresh coffee and croissants in the air! Returning to the opposite end of Waiheke Island in time to go ashore and visit Ostend Market, Waiheke’s Saturday morning craft and produce fair. Our vineyard and olive oil tasting tours are next on the itinerary – Waiheke has a multitude of wineries and produces some of New Zealand’s best wines. You will start to understand the charm of this beautiful island. In the afternoon, the First Officer will lead a fishing trip to help supply our chef with fresh ingredients for our celebratory dinner party tonight.
Day 8 - Day 8 Auckland
Lifting anchor at 7.30 am, we say farewell to Waiheke and breakfast is served on deck as we cruise back to into Auckland.We begin guest disembarkation from 9 am alongside Princes Wharf.We wish you a safe onward journey, taking home with you memories of magical islands, adventure, great food, good company.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-12-202112-12-2021NZD $7,950Ocean Twin
05-12-202112-12-2021NZD $7,950Ocean King
05-12-202112-12-2021NZD $10,950Horizon Suite
05-12-202112-12-2021NZD $11,950Ocean Solo
05-12-202112-12-2021NZD $12,950Owners Suite
12-12-202119-12-2021NZD $7,950Ocean King
12-12-202119-12-2021NZD $7,950Ocean Twin
12-12-202119-12-2021NZD $10,950Horizon Suite
12-12-202119-12-2021NZD $11,950Ocean Solo
12-12-202119-12-2021NZD $12,950Owners Suite
19-12-202126-12-2021NZD $7,950Ocean King
19-12-202126-12-2021NZD $7,950Ocean Twin
19-12-202126-12-2021NZD $10,950Horizon Suite
19-12-202126-12-2021NZD $11,950Ocean Solo
19-12-202126-12-2021NZD $12,950Owners Suite
26-12-202102-01-2022NZD $7,950Ocean King
26-12-202102-01-2022NZD $7,950Ocean Twin
26-12-202102-01-2022NZD $10,950Horizon Suite
26-12-202102-01-2022NZD $11,950Ocean Solo
26-12-202102-01-2022NZD $12,950Owners Suite


    • We invite you to explore New Zealand wonderland with us – we know this better than most – this is our home. With 15,000 kilometres of fabulous coastline and more than 25 marine reserves, ocean scented scenery is a large part of the New Zealand way of life. You will discover the captivating local culture, drop into museums and galleries so be prepared to fall in love with this amazingly beautiful country.
    • Snorkel in the sheltered lagoon, kayak around the bay or hike up to the historic Maori Pa site.