Bay of Islands

New Zealand

Cruises to Bay of Islands

This subtropical region of around 150 undeveloped islands is known for its stunning beauty and history. From kayaking to fishing to wildlife watching, it's a water enthusiast's paradise. You'll want to have your camera ready for an abundance of sea life, from dolphins that fly to penguins that dress in blue. The site of New Zealand's first British settlement, it offers numerous historic sites as well. Meet local artists while shopping for paintings, pottery, textiles and woodcarvings.


  • Port Name & Location
    Bay of Islands
    Ship will ANCHOR OFF SHORE at this port and guests will be tendered ashore.
  • Time Zone
    New Zealand Standard Time NZST
    UTC/GMT +12 hours
  • Language
    English is one of three official languages.
  • Currency & Shopping
    New Zealand Dollar (NZD) ATMs are widely available. Duty-free shopping is available.


A Variety of Choices

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.


Breathtaking Beauty of the Fundy Trail

Admire the natural beauty surrounding the Bay of Fundy by visiting a coastal park full of hiking trails, lookouts and hi...


Skywalk & The Reversing Falls Rapids

Experience the thrill of walking high above the Reversing Falls Rapids at the new Skywalk in Saint John! You will be sus...


Akaroa Highlights

Here’s your opportunity to explore one of New Zealand’s most treasured destinations - Akaroa, the first town to be settl...


Turquoise Bay All Inclusive Over-the-Water Bungalow

Relax at an exclusive waterfront resort where you will enjoy the serenity of your own over-the-water bungalow with a day...


Featured Bay of Islands CRUISE ITINERARIES

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The Bay of Islands’ hole in the rock is one of many must-see natural wonders.

10-Day Australia & New Zealand from Sydney (Variation)

Cruise the Sounds of Australia, only accessible by ship.
SHIP Norwegian Jewel
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Sydney (Australia);
Dunedin (Port Chalmers) (New Zealand); Akaroa (New Zealand); Marlborough (Picton) (New Zealand); Napier (New Zealand); Tauranga (New Zealand); Bay of Islands (New Zealand);
DISEMBARK Auckland (New Zealand);
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Cruise Milford Sound in Fjordland National Park.

10-Day Australia & New Zealand from Auckland (Variation)

Cruise seven ports in 10 days on board Norwegian Jewel.
SHIP Norwegian Jewel
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Auckland (New Zealand);
Bay of Islands (New Zealand); Tauranga (New Zealand); Napier (New Zealand); Marlborough (Picton) (New Zealand); Akaroa (New Zealand); Dunedin (Port Chalmers) (New Zealand);
DISEMBARK Sydney (Australia);
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