Welcome to Albatross V Expeditions

Affordable sightseeing tours and fun-filled adventure voyages in majestic old-world comfort and style, based from 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.

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 Eco 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!


Athol Burns, a Wellington designer was given the brief to draw up a 65" Tug boat for the Napier Harbour Board. She was to be built like a boat 20" larger and strengthened like an offshore Tug should be. Miller & Tunnage in Carey's Bay, Port Chalmers won the contract to build this beast. The outcome was an amazingly strong built vessel launched in 1968 with the latest and most powerful machinery available at the time. Built out of kauri with a 3" thick hull and decks, huge stringers, ribs and deck beams and weighing in at 120 tonnes it was a vessel to handle any job in any conditions.

Powered by a 10 tonne 600HP Lister & Blackstone 6 cylinder turbo charged main engine driving a propeller nearly 2 meters in height, she had more than enough power for her coming roles. Christened the J.R.Harland she was to make her way to a busy life as a tug and pilot ship at the Napier Harbour Board. 12 years later in 1980 she was sold to Skeggs Seafoods and set up as a purse siener fishing vessel operating out of her original port of Port Chalmers and renamed the Kaniere. This was a very hard role for the vessel operating in the southern ocean in some of the most inhospitable waters on the planet.  She was to keep this work up until being sold to an offshore pipeline operation in 1996  and along with being renamed the Albatross V, a huge refit was undertaken to bring her back to a A+ offshore condition to work from Lyttleton once again as a Tug. Sold again in 2010 she was to head back under the Albatross hills and moor at Carey's Bay again to start her life as a vessel for hire until 2016.  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.

In 2016 Albatross V was purchased by Albatross V Ltd and relocated to the Bay of Islands to start her new career path as a tourism vessel with a healthy splash of salvage and rescue work thrown in. You can still hear her deep rhythmic heartbeat from the massive Lister Blackstone coming from across the Bay.

To be continued......