4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

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  • Location:Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 - 4 hours
This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! 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.


  • Navigate the famous 'Hole in the Rock'
  • See dolphins, penguins and other marine wildlife
  • Island stop-over

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What You Can Expect

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

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock

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.

You'll visit one of the bay's most beautiful islands where you can swim and snorkel or relax on the beach and take in the magic of the island.

Please note, during the winter months (May to October 19), the afternoon departure is approximately 3 hours in duration, returning one hour earlier to Russell and Paihia and does not include a stopover on Urupukapuka Island.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

An amazing tour! We saw orga's and dolphins. The captain of the boat gave us the time to take photos and watch then. Very enjoyable cruise amongst beautiful scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

beautiful trip. loved the dolphins and the colour of the water was crystal clear loved it all really

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Best looking boat captain......ever.....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Cruise was wonderful saw many dolphins and the Hole in the Rock was marvelous. Plus the narration during the cruise was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Most enjoyable and relaxing. Magnificent scenery (wanted more wild life!) pleasant and helpful staff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent day despite the cloudy weather. Great crew with informative commentary.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Absolutely amazing and we went through the hole, the captain wasn't too sure but she yes she went for it and it was as said absolutely amazing. Well worth the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent tour. Loved the information given during the tour. The highlight was seeing the dolphins as well as the hole in the rock. Very comfortable boat and good facilities.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Fabulous. The dolphins were out in force and chasing the boat. Loved going through the Hole in the Rock.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We had a great time on this excursion. Did exactly what it said on the tin and more. Would 100% recommend. Bay of Islands is also beautiful.

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