3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise departs Auckland. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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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

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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
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.

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4 star rating: Recommended
May 2010

WELL ORGANIZED GOOD GUIDE

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
Australia

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.

Maikl
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.

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2013

Great trip, lovely scenery. Would have liked better location for morning tea, and a bit more time on the way back to buy some food for dinner. Guide was informative and the Treaty site and guide was just AMAZING.
Driver drove way too fast on mountain roads, was a bit hairy!!!

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2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2010

Although the bay of islands was beautiful I thought the tour was okay for the price we paid for the tour. It didn't offer as much to do as the other trips offered.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2010

The ride to the Bay of Islands is nice! The actual boat ride is long and boring as you just are on a catamaran looking at the various islands. We did not see dolphins. The only exciting part was going though the hole in the rock. Also, bring your own lunch! It is not worth it to include an extra 20 NZ dollars for lunch because you have time to purchase lunch before the boat leaves. Please notice that you will not have time to swim in the water.

Elizabeth P
United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2009

Unable to do Hole in the Rock due to bad weather.

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Anonymous

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2009

It was boring as the dolphins were running away from the boat. Furthermore, the description mentioned in the Viator website was incorrect as there wasn't any free time to swim or snorkel at Otehei Bay. We also had issue when trying to reconfirm the trip as the contact number shown on the voucher was incorrect. However, we managed to chase up several site agent, fullers agent all around Auckland and Bay of islands branches.

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