When you’re on Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island, it’s time to ditch the watch and adopt island tempo. A great place to spend the day if you’re visiting the Bay of Islands.
Otehei Bay, on Urapukapuka Island, is readily reached by the Explore boat from Paihia or Russell. Certainly among the best day trips available in New Zealand. You can spend as little as an hour or as much as a day on the island. You have your pick of departure times throughout the day.
As soon as you arrive, take your time exploring the island and its natural beauty. Relax on the island’s white sand beaches with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and paddling around some of the island’s tranquil bays.
If you wish to explore beyond the bay from your island base, you may schedule a return ride to the must see’ icon landmark known as the Hole in the Rock. Onboard one of our luxurious catamaran power vessels to view and, when conditions permit, journey through this timeworn monolith.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cape Brett Peninsula and the Cape Brett lighthouse while listening to insightful commentary from one of our knowledgeable Nature Guides.
You can refuel at any time of the day at Otehei Bay’s licenced café and bar, which provides a wide selection of food and drinks and even has an ice cream freezer.