Join Barefoot Sailing Adventures for the most unique sailing Bay of Islands has to offer.

Sailing Bay of Islands is an experience not to be missed.

Sailing Bay of Islands is an absolute must do, while visiting Northland! Located in the sub-tropical far north of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is a magical sailing destination; offering over 140 natural islands within easy day sailing distance. This little slice of paradise is a truly memorable place to go for a sailing trip, with its calm, pristine waters, marine wildlife and of course, the naturally stunning scenery. The Bay of Islands is a world-renowned sailing destination, whether you’re a first-time sailor or a seasoned professional, you’ll have a great time with Barefoot Sailing Adventures.

Here at Barefoot Sailing, our friendly crew are ready and waiting to take you out for a trip you’ll never forget – so kick off your shoes and step on board for the sailing trip of a lifetime!

Island Hopper Day Sailing

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Come exploring with us for the best day sailing Bay of Islands has to offer! Step straight from the beach onto our catamaran and explore many idyllic spots in comfort and style! Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, our Island Hopper cruise has something for everyone!

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Sundowner Evening Cruise


Looking for a fun way to relax at the end of day? Join Barefoot Sailing Adventures for a Sundowner cruise. Leaving the Paihia Beach at 5pm, this evening cruise takes in the sights of The Bay of Islands just as the day is coming to a close.

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Private Charters

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Barefoot Sailing Adventures Private charters are ideal for couples, groups of friends, wedding parties, family get-togethers or team building events. Create your very own unique sailing adventure with us!

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Looking for a unique, kiwi experience? Take a boat trip with Barefoot Sailing Adventures.

Our boat, Kopiko, is a modern 33ft catamaran, which offers a comfortable sailing experience for everyone – you can bring the whole family, sit back and relax in comfort while taking in the sights and sounds of the Bay of Islands.

Let our experienced and qualified team take you on a modern-day boat adventure – we’ll explore hidden bays and beaches which are only accessible from the water, we’ll show you the true history of the area from the same viewpoint as the first people who discovered it! With photo-ready scenery everywhere you look, make sure you bring your camera to capture those once in a lifetime pictures.

Specialising in small groups of around 16 passengers, you wont be lost in the crowd, you’ll feel like part of the crew!

 So, welcome aboard! Let the Barefoot crew share our love of sailing with you!

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we are proud to be a sustainable boating tourism operator, supporting conservation projects in the Bay of Islands. Part of your ticket price is donated to
Project Island Song, bringing visitors the benefit of a wildlife sanctuary on the islands of Ipipiri.

Love dolphins? We do too.

In fact, the Barefoot crew love dolphins so much we prefer to leave them alone. We have a strong environmental conscience and believe in a hands-off approach when it comes to dolphins, we prefer to respect their space and enjoy them from a distance!

However, we do experience dolphin encounters on occasion. As this is a completely natural encounter, it is very special and possibly the best way to experience dolphins as they have chosen us!

Learn More about dolphins in the Bay of Islands.


Project Island Song – A Wildlife Sanctuary.

As we sail through the emerald channels of Northland, a gentle cruise leads us to the shores of Project Island Song Wildlife Sanctuary, and before the anchor drops the echo of birdsong greets us. Welcome to our special place. This is Ipipiri, a group of seven pest-free islands in the Bay of Islands.

See what we are doing to support Project Island Song.

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Do it !

We had the best day with the Barefoot Sailing team. Beautiful people, magnificent day. You can choose to do as little or as much as you want…. Lunch was delicious. If you’re in Bay of Islands, don’t miss out on this!

Haley CCairns

Fantastic day out

Luke and Rachel were fantastic hosts; relaxed, knowledgeable and helpful. The catamaran was immaculate and the bean bags were lovely and cosy.  Destination, tour and sights were top notch – we even saw dolphins. Overall would definitely recommend.

Tripadvisor Member

Amazing sail

Awesome adventure….Highly recommend. Fun, beautiful, informative. If you do one thing in the bay of islands, you need to do this excursion.

Applegate LakeArizona

Great time on the water!

Weather was perfect, staff was super friendly, not too many people on the boat, packed lunch included was great!

Kyle SGermany

Fantastic sailing in Bay of Islands 

A great peaceful day which will stay in all our memories for life. Thanks Luke and Rach.

David PUK

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