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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: A walking permit is required for the Cape Brett track

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Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock

Wild and lonely Cape Brett is a remote location on the scenic back road leading along the coast from Russell.

Along the route is the traditional Maori village of Rawhiti, the starting point for the rugged 7.5-hour trek to Cape Brett. On reaching the cape, hikers are rewarded with shelter for the night in the Cape Brett Hut.

For non-hikers, Cape Brett is a popular day cruise destination from Paihia or Russell. The cape is famous for its ‘Hole in the Rock’ on neighboring Motukokako Island, a natural archway formed by ceaselessly pounding seas over the centuries.

As well as spotting dolphins, penguins and other wildlife along the way, the cruise passes a lovely seaside landscape of sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, and the lonely lighthouse on the tip of Cape Brett.

Practical Info

Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock is on the northern tip of a peninsula east of the town of Russell. Motukokako Island is just offshore.

Tours & Tickets

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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 89 Reviews

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 3 - 4 hours

From USD $69.81

Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $85.56

Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $171.11
From USD $1,119.06

Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $218.34

3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days

From USD $728.93

Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise departs Auckland

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $193.70

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