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Island Escape Experience

Island Escape Experience

Please note: Island Escape Experience only operates between 28th Dec - 19th April.

Make the most of your time in the Bay by experiencing some of the amazing islands dotted around the region. Moturua, Motuarohia/Roberton and Urupukapuka Island are the three islands available to discover on this experience. Their beauty, history, walks and beaches are next to none! 

Island Escape Experience
$90 Adult
Adult price 16 years and above
$45 Child
Child price 5 - 15 years. Children under 5 are free

On Urupukapuka Island -  Urupukapuka Island is the largest Island in the Bay of Islands, and is where you'll find Otehei Bay. Arrive here on one of the ferry’s from Paihia /Russell. This is where you can either choose to sit back and relax, go for a swim, and order some food and drink from the onsite fully licensed café and bar, or set off on foot to explore the island and all its twists and turns. Or do both! Being the largest Island in the archipelago, you could literally spend a whole day here, and perhaps if that’s what you’d like to do, you could book a campsite at the Urupukapuka Bay Campsite which would make a perfect base if you wanted to span your island exploration over a couple days.

On Roberton/Motuarohia Island - fill your time by snorkelling the lagoons, relaxing on the beach and walking to the top of the historic Pa site, all whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.

On Moturoa Island – be one with nature on this tranquil and secluded island. Pause a moment, look and listen. You’ll be treated to the sound track of native birdsong. Being a wildlife sanctuary you’ll be surrounded by birdlife unique to this corner of the world.  

What’s Included:

  • A scenic return cruise from Otehei Bay
  • Walking maps with suggestions and instructions on where to explore
  • A timetable on when and where to meet the boats for collection

Suggested Itinerary to see all islands:
8:30/8:40am: Depart Paihia / Russell
9:15am: Arrive at Otehei Bay
10:15am: Board the vessel 'Otehei' to start Island Escape Experience
10:30am: Arrive at Moturua Island, complete 2 hour loop track
1:00pm: Get picked up from Moturua to go to Roberton Island
2:45pm: Get picked up from Roberton Island, return to Otehei Bay
3:15pm: Arrive back at Otehei Bay, spend an hour on Urupukapuka Island
4.15pm: Get ferry back from Otehei Bay to mainland


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