Well it is the start of the cruise ship season! 12th October is the next cruise ship into the Bay of Islands for the 2017/18 cruise season. Welcome ashore to all of 1950 travellers on the Golden Princess. How about hiring an electric eBike while you are in Paihia or have a ride on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail? See our offers for Cruise Ship passengers here. The Bay of Islands has become one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in New Zealand. It is expected to host over 60 ships in the 2017/18 season which runs from September to April. The Bay of Islands is a "tender" port. This means that the ships moor offshore and tender their passengers ashore. Mostly this is to Waitangi Wharf where there is a continuous, free shuttle bus service which operates to take passengers into Paihia. Paihia is where most water based activities take place from and it is where the i-site visitor centre is situated. If you do not wish to take the bus then it is a pleasant 20 minute walk along the sea front to reach Paihia. One of the most popular attractions on cruise ship days is the authentic Art and Crafts market which takes place on the Village Green in Paihia. This is one of the most popular markets of its kind in Northland. If you are visiting on a Cruise Ship and want a shore based tour then we can recommend Bay of Islands Shuttles and Tours.