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Bay of Islands Day Sailing Adventure - GUNGHA II

An awesome day sailing adventure awaits...


  • Awesome day sailing and island adventure with amazing photo opportunities
  • Chance to spot a variety of marine life including penguins, seabirds and more!
  • Unique opportunity to sail GUNGHA II yourself or simply sit back, relax and enjoy!
  • Snorkel, swim and explore an island paradise in one of the worlds most beautiful coastal locations
  • Tasty snacks and yummy fresh lunch included!

Experience the ultimate sailing adventure in one of New Zealand's most spectacular marine locations!

The Bay of Islands are renowned for their magnificent scenic vistas and rich natural beauty both above and under the water.

The more than 140 subtropical islands are a haven for marine life that evolves and changes throughout the season. Penguins, seabirds, various marine mammals, sharks or even turtles are often sighted.

GUNGHA II is a large ocean-going yacht that voyages into the Pacific annually. We have plenty of sheltered seating, clean toilets and hot outside showers.

If you are keen to help sail the boat our friendly crew are happy to give you the opportunity or you can simply relax and enjoy the awesome views and tranquillity.

Your island stopover includes the opportunity to swim, snorkel or go for a scenic bushwalk or all if you are keen. Masks, snorkels & hot outside showers are provided

The Sailing experience of a lifetime - an informal, fun, and simply amazing way to explore Northland's most treasured location!!

Adult $140.00 (Aged 13+)
Child $90.00 (Up to 12 years)
Private Charter $1,800.00 (Price per Charter for Max 10 people)

What's included

  • Several fresh snacks and a yummy fresh sandwich lunch (vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options included)
  • Masks & snorkels and hot outside showers!


  • Allow approximately 6 hours for the whole experience


  • Departure time & location: Boarding at 9:45 am at Paihia Wharf, Marsden Road Paihia (departing Paihia at 10 am …if staying in Russell transfers included).

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Minimum numbers apply. Please confirm your booking 24 hours prior.

    All departures are subject to demand, sea and weather conditions.

    All trips are smoking and alcohol-free.

    Passengers will be required to sail barefoot.

    Please bring: sunscreen and your own towel!

    Please do not bring: chilly bins, diving or fishing gear. We will be sailing!

    We do not target or swim with dolphins. Our encounters occur naturally and are often brief. Marine Mammal Protection regulations are strictly observed.

Available Bookings from October 01 to October 07

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  • Adult$98.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$63.00

  • Adult$98.00
  • Child$63.00

  • Adult$98.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$63.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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ingridb3 from Netherlands wrote on 16 March 2020

Relaxed and beautiful

Very relaxed. We saw wildlife like blue penguins, bottle nosed dolphins around and under our boat and even a kiwi on a beautiful island where we stopped for a while! That is really rare. The crew is very friendly and experienced. The captain takes time to talk to everyone. You can lay on the deck and just enjoy the sun or look if you can spot wildlife. Lovely! Lunch and snacks are included. I would definitely recommend this when you are in the bay of islands! A must do!

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Kym Ringrose from Australia wrote on 12 March 2020

BOI’s Best Sailing Trip

If you’re looking for a relaxed, well catered, sailing day out in the Bay of Islands look no further than the Gungah II. Or in our case perfect outing for a surprise birthday present! From Captain Mike’s wealth of knowledge about the marine life and ecosystem in the BOI to Lucy’s warm hospitality and superb hosting skills this will be a day you won’t soon forget. Two pods of dolphins, some blue fairy penguins, a hammerhead shark, and a couple of sting rays you’ll get the full Attenborough experience. A stop for a quick snorkel and hike on Moturoa’s eastern end was one of many possible adventures on this tour. Truly a magical experience we won’t ever forget!

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Hi Kym Thanks for that! If back in Melbourne keep an eye out for Lucy she did head over for the party! Nga Mihi Mike

Marie Feldhoff from Germany wrote on 16 February 2020

Best thing to do in the Bay of Islands

We had the best time on board with the group and the team. Food was good and the day very relaxing with some nice highlights. Mike, the skipper, was awesome and told us many great stories of his adventures sailing around the world. We got to see some penguins and enjoyed amazing views. Totally recommend it for all ages. :)

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eldoea from India wrote on 14 February 2020


It was a wonderful experience and the travel description by Mike was superb, definitely an awesome experience for us

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dianne from New Zealand wrote on 29 January 2022

Awesome Day Sailing

We had an amazing day sailing despite the windy conditions. Mike was an awesome host, the food and snacks provided were delicious, even loved Mike's 'secret herb'. My daughter had so much fun sailing the boat for a long period of time. Highly recommend this trip, Mike took us to an awesome sheltered bay so we could enjoy some snorkeling. Loved listening to Mike's sailing stories over the years, we didn't feel like guests on the trip. We felt like family on the sailing yacht. We will definitely be back again! Thanks Mike

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    Child * Up to 12 years

      Private Charter Price per Charter for Max 10 people

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

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