BAY OF ISLANDS – NEW ZEALAND

A special new itinerary is set for 2017 that allows guests to explore the secrets and treasures of the Bay of Islands and Northland. On your summer cruise around the Bay of Islands you’ll discover uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins at play, visit fascinating historic places, plus a private coach visit to Cape Reinga, and enjoy the finest cuisine served with endless sea views. The 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands and Northland region are a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers. You’ll discover perfect beaches, untouched native forests, fabulous day walks and interesting historical sites. In terms of New Zealand’s history, this is the birthplace of our nation.

DATES – 2017 – December 02, 09, 16

DURATION – 7 NIGHTS  

DEPART – Opua, NZ

RETURN – Opua, NZ

SHIP – Island Escape

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CRUISE INCLUSIONS

On your dream-come-true Bay of Islands summer cruise you’ll discover uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins at play, visit fascinating historic places and enjoy the finest cuisine, served with endless sea views. TNearly a century ago this area was named ‘the angler’s Eldorado’ by Zane Grey, and in terms of New Zealand’s history it’s the birthplace of our nation.

7-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 a complimentary Cape Reinga coach excursion.
Use of kayaks, tenders, paddle boards, snorkel and fish equipment onboard.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Saturday
On arrival in the Bay of Islands, please make your way to Opua Wharf where boarding commences at 5pm. We plan to sail at 6pm once all guests are onboard and you are familiar with the safety briefing and comfortably sipping champagne, nibbling canapés and getting to know your fellow passengers. We cruise north as the exquisite scenery slips by. Our crew is always on hand to explain points of interest, or refill your glass. Your first night will be spent at picturesque Opunga Cove, a tranquil haven for cruising yachts and launches. The cove faces west, so you can sit and enjoy the sunset from your comfortable deck steamer chair.

Day 2 – Sunday.
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. In the late afternoon we’ll motor to Urupukapuka, the largest island in the bay to enjoy our chef’s gourmet barbecue with fresh local seafood and produce.

Day 3 – Monday
Today there’s plenty of time to discover Urupukapuka Island. You can hike around the island, which has historic pa sites and several fabulous beaches. Or explore the edges of the island by kayak. 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.

After lunch 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. We hope you’ll get the chance to swim with the dolphins here – an amazing experience you’ll remember forever.

Day 4 – Tuesday
After a sumptuous breakfast on deck, we’ll cruise across to Whangaroa Harbour. Along the way you can admire stunning homes tucked into remote bays and beaches. The harbour was formed when rising sea levels drowned a river valley about 6,000 years ago. Steep outcrops remain from ancient volcanic rocks and create a spectacular environment. Watch the sunset then look forward to the Captain’s dinner.

Day 5 – Wednesday
We’ll continue to cruise after breakfast and everyone is settled into their favorite viewing position and by late morning anchor off the historic village of Mangonui. Here is a collection of charming 150-year-old buildings that now house cafés, art and craft shops and the world-famous Mangonui Fish and Chip shop for their fabulous lunch.

Day 6 – Thursday
Departing after breakfast we travel by private comfortable coach to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northwest tip. Cape Reinga is generally considered the separation marker between the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. From the lighthouse, it is possible to watch the tidal race, as the two seas clash to create unsettled waters off the coast. A tasty lunch is served along the way.

On the way back to the ship we travel down 90 mile beach which is now a state highway (is actually only 55 miles but that’s another story). In 1932 the beach was used as the runway for some of the earliest airmail services between Australia and New Zealand. Returning to the ship, that has re-positioned to Waitangi, in the late afternoon, to snacks before we move to our anchorage for the evening.

Day 7 – Friday
We travel to the Keri Keri inlet to collect fresh green- lipped mussels for our barbecue lunch. The Sauvignon Blanc is chilling and the chef is determined to impress you, yet again. Then onto Russell, known in whaling times as ‘the hell-hole of the Pacific’ because it was a place of loose women and drunken sailors. In Russell we go ashore to explore craft shops, museums, churches and the historic Pompallier French Mission house.

Day 8 – Saturday
On your final day, we have breakfast under way to Opua Wharf. We have you disembarking at 8:30am for your onward travel arrangements.

 

BAY OF ISLANDS RATES

2017
RATES PER PERSON
CASTAWAY CABINCASTAWAY SOLOHIDEAWAY SUITERUNAWAY SUITE
NEW ZEALAND $NZD $4,950NZD $6,950NZD $ 6,950NZD $7,950
US $*
US $3,495US $4,895US $4,895US $5,595
EARLY BOOKING - US$**US $2,795US $4,195US $4,195US $4,895
* US $ SUBJECT TO CURRENCY FLUCTUATION
** US $ EARLY BOOKING - SAVE US$ 700 IF BOOKED BY JUNE 30, 2017
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