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Boat trip choices

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Boat trip choices

Just trying to figure an itinerary for feb 2015.

Not sure whether to take ice cream day boat trip or just the hole in the wall trip so we can also get the foot ferry to Russell to look around.

Any recommendations Pls?

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1. Re: Boat trip choices

If you only have 1 day in the Bay of Islands, I would recommend one of the half day (Hole in the Rock) cruises out of the choices you have suggested, to allow yourself a few hours to see Russell and Waitangi treaty grounds.

The Cream Trip takes most of the day so if you have another day or 2 in the Bay of Islands aswell you could consider doing that one (the Cream trip is named after an historic boat delivery route around the area, nothing to do with ice cream !!)

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2. Re: Boat trip choices

There have been complaints in the past about the "cream Trip" with many visitors being of the belief that "Cream," meant something extra special and of a very high standard. The "Cream Trip" derives form the day when the boat travelled around to all the small islands in the bay taking food and provisions including milk and cream to all those living in the outlying islands. The name has stuck ever since.

With only a day to spend take either the half day trip or the exciting speed boat out to the Hole in The Rock, go for walk around Russell and it time still allows pop up to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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Hi, The Cream Trip is a Full Day Trip leaving at 9.30am and returning at 4.15pm. This is at the present time $119.00 per adult - $59.50 per child and under 5 years old is Free. This trip does the old Mail / Milk Run which cruises through the Islands with Commentary about the Islands, the History, the Houses and the People. There is Dolphin Viewing, Hole in the Rock, through the Hole in the Rock weather permitting, Island Stopover, Islands Deliveries, Boom-netting and Dolphin Swim for an extra $30.00 per person. They provide Wetsuits and Snorkelling Gear if required. I have had really great feedback about this trip.

The half day trip is for 4 Hours and leaves at 9.00am and 1.30pm. There are 2 companies that do this trip: Explore Discover the Bay and Greatsights/Fullers Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock. At the Present time these are $99.00 per adult, $49.00 per child and under 5 years old are Free. They do Island Cruising and once again talk about the islands, people, history and homes. You go out to the Hole in the Rock and through the Hole weather permitting. You have an Island Stop Over for 30 to 40 minutes and them back home through the islands. At the present time these trips have a Lifetime Dolphin Viewing Guarantee - so if you don't see dolphins or whales you get to go again for Free. At the present time they also offer a Free 1 Way Ferry Ticket to or from Russell. Most people do the morning trip and get off at Russell on the way home and come back to Paihia for free with their ticket.

You just need to be aware that prices and offers on these trips are subject to this summers trips (September to April conclusive). This could change next season. Regards Sue

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