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Island Escape Experience

Island Escape Experience

Please note: Island Escape Experience only operates between 26th Dec - 28th 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! 

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


Island Escape Experience ferry timetable:

Suggested Itinerary:

10.30/10.40am: Depart Paihia/Russell

11.15am: arrive at Otehei Bay

11.30am: depart Otehei Bay for Moturua Island

11.45am: arrive Moturua Island

1.45pm: Depart Moturua Island for Motuarohia/Roberton Island

2.00pm: Arrive Motuarohia/Roberton Island

4.00pm: Depart Motuarohia/Roberton Island for Otehei Bay

4.30pm: Arrive Otehei Bay and head back on the ferry to Paihia/Russell, or spend longer at Otehei Bay and return on a later ferry free of charge.

Information on Island hopping in the Bay of Islands

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