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Welcome to Albatross V Expeditions

Welcome aboard the iconic, kauri cruising vessel, Albatross V! Offering affordable sightseeing tours and fun-filled adventure voyages in majestic old-world comfort and style, this classic Kiwi tugboat is moored in historic Russell in the stunning beauty of New Zealand’s renowned Bay of Islands. Just a few hours north of Auckland, a scenic paradise full of adventure, exploration and wonder awaits...

What better way to experience it than with Albatross V Expeditions!

Albatross V Limited is a family-run business with a passion for boating which came from growing up on, in and under the water! Our team share a strong commitment to sustainable environmental tourism - we love our beautiful paradise and operate with its best interests at heart.With a passion for this amazing marine environment we take pride in sharing our experiences and knowledge with others and enjoy showcasing the wonders of our beautiful, big, blue backyard.

Our vessel Albatross V is an ongoing project which involved relocating her from Port Chalmers, Dunedin up to her new home in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where she is being lovingly restored to her former glory. A 20m length and 6m beam make this classic kauri expedition vessel a spacious and stable platform to view and explore the Bay and surrounds safely, comfortably - and in style! Offering flexible and affordable sightseeing tours ranging from the 2 ½ hour ‘short but oh so sweet’ Explore the Bay cruises, to 4 hour fun filled island adventures, multi day coastal journeys, game fishing expeditions or tailor your own one-off adventures.

We, along with our experienced, friendly crew look forward to welcoming you on-board the Albatross V!

History

Albatross V was built in 1968 by Miller and Tunnage at Careys Bay, Port Chalmers for the Napier Harbour Board. She proved to be a solid workhorse, labouring continuously as a tug, pilot ship, coastal purse seiner fishing vessel and latterly as support ship for offshore construction.

For the three years prior 2010, she operated out of the Port of Lyttleton where she worked a 300-tonne coastal barge.

From 2010 - 2016 Albatross V operated as a vessel for hire from Port Chalmers on the Otago coast. During this time she worked for the Department of Conservation taking staff to the Auckland Islands and film crews to remote places, as well as playing an integral part in dredging the Otago harbour.