3.5 star rating: Worth doing 15 Reviews

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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Best Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise departs Auckland

Jump aboard a catamaran to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. It's the Bay of Islands' most popular cruise!


  • Full-day cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island
  • Waitangi Treaty House and grounds
  • Sail through the famous Cape Brett Hole in the Rock
  • Swimming and snorkeling at Otehei Bay
  • Pickup and drop off from selected city-center Auckland hotels

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What You Can Expect

Best Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise departs Auckland

Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise departs Auckland

Departing Auckland, you'll head north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural and coastal scenery en route to the Bay of Islands. On arrival in the Bay, you'll visit the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds, and see a traditional Maori meeting house and a huge waka (war canoe).

You'll then experience the Hole in the Rock from the water: a sightseeing cruise by high-speed catamaran across the waves. Bring your camera to capture the marvelous scenery and variety of wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and other marine life.


Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise:
At 1:15pm board the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands. The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and the many varied island landscapes as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

You will then pass through the famous Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" at Motukokako Island and on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

The crew share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife including Whales, Seals, Dolphins, Penguins, and other sea and bird life.

Returning to Paihia to rejoin the coach for return journey to Auckland at 4:30pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Outstanding tour. Highly recommended. Coach driver gave great description of the sights.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2011

Good pick up service and return from/to the hotel. Excellent commentary throughout the whole day. Provided lunch was appetizing and a change from the usual sandwiches. The cruise was out of this world and to see so many dolphins following the boat was amazing. The technical ability of the boat crew to enable us to pass through the 'Hole in the Rock' was great. Excellent day


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2009

This is a must-do tour if you visit New Zealand! We had a funny and courteous bus driver who gave us a lot of info on NZ history, especially on the Maori influence. There were several interesting stops to cafes, a maori tree farm, the Waitomo Treaty Grounds were amazing in detail, sculpture, and history. My two children ages 11 and 9 really got a kick of the Maori war canoe; the largest one in NZ! Then we saw the most stunning water scenery you can imagine, including dolphins and seals, and went through the hole in the rock. Overall this was an A+ tour, a very memorable experience for all.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Very nice! We met dolphin! A little bit disappointment is we didn't cross the hole boz the sea surface condition of that day was not very good. I really deeply felt the emotions of the water!

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

I really enjoyed the trip it's a chance to view the scenery on the long journey north. Our coach driver Kenny was full of info n facts n figures. The cruise from Pahia is lovely, dolphins swam right by the boat. We were taken so close to the hole on a rough day and it was Majestic. The Bay is Magic.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2010


Roy S
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended January 2010

Our skipper managed to get us through the Hole in the Rock, great day out.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2010

An awesome trip. We got to go through the Hole in the Rock, and Bay of Islands is strikingly beautiful. Also great was the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where we learned tons about Maori & NZ history. I went with my two kids, and we really had a blast. Definitely worth doing!

Wayne P

4 star rating: Recommended December 2009

We had very bad weather yet we enjoyed the whole experience. The guide at the treaty house was brilliant. Our bus driver was very special.

Russian Federation

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2014

Брали круиз Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" с забором из Окленда от компании GreatSights.
Ехали большой группой на большом автобусе. Путевые комментарии водителя-гида были достаточно скучными и монотонными, по дороге автобус несколько раз норовил сломаться, так что, видимо, всё внимание водителя-гида было сфокусировано на том, как бы довезти всех до цели :-)
Экскурсия включала посещение Трити-Хауза и, собственно, сам круиз.
Круиз на катамаране нам не очень понравился - ничего особенного - разные по краскам, растительности и форме острова, да и проход через "Врата в скале" не сильно впечатлил... Гораздо больше нам понравилась экскурсия по территории Waitangi, которую вела местная экскурсовод - коренная маори. Очень живо, активно, с шутками, занимательными фактами. Помимо всего, она ещё и продемонстрировала искусство горлового пения, развитое у маори.
Да и сама территория Waitangi очень живописна - зеленые лужайки, столетние деревья, окруженные чащей тропического леса с протекающим ручьем.
Обязательно стоит осмотреть боевые каное маори и посетить Дом собраний маори (Te whare runanga) с маорийской настенной резьбой.
Мы рекомендуем обязательно посетить Waitangi, но заменить круиз Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" на что-нибудь другое более интересное.

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