Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more


Slip through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' in New Zealand’s Northland during your 3-hour Bay of Islands cruise by high-speed catamaran. Pass rocky outcrops, sandy beaches and an array of islands as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and Motu Kokako Island. Keep an eye our for Dolphins and other marine and birdlife.
  • Navigate the famous 'Hole in the Rock'
  • See dolphins, penguins and other marine wildlife
Meet your guide at the Maritime Building in Paihia or The Strand Wharf in Russell for your 3 hour Bay of Islands cruise. High-speed catamaran will whisk you away to Motu Kokako — also known as Piercy Island — and expertly navigate its way through the famous Hole in the Rock conditions permitting, located at the northern tip of Cape Brett.
Search the waters for an array of seabirds and marine life. Watch out for common and bottlenose dolphins, seals, penguins and even a whale or two. Learn about the history of the islands, especially the indigenous Maori and early European settlers, as you cruise through the inner Islands of the Bay.
Hop off in Russell or Paihia for more exploring after your cruise and use your complimentary ferry ticket to get back.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Apr 2018

The captain gave really fun commentary and we saw some amazing dolphins on the way to Cape Brett. Good length of tour too.

, Apr 2018

A relaxing cruise and great photo opportunity if you get a spot by the railing! Does get very windy so hold on to your hat. So fun going through the hole in the rock. Had the unexpected surprise of stopping to watch dolphins before returning to dock. A great family outing.

, Mar 2018

This tour was fantastic and the ships crew and Captain first class. The trip through the hole in the rock was superb. We even saw seals and dolphins.

, Mar 2018

This was an enjoyable and well informed cruise. The hole in the rock transit is something to remember.

, Mar 2018

The scenery of the Bay of Islands was spectacular, but we found the cruise rather disappointing. The boat was packed so it was difficult to move around. There was no chance to go ashore or to swim, as mentioned in the tour information and it was barely 3 hours. We wasted time manoeuvring to pick up passengers at Russell due to the swell and a long time attempting to see dolphins, but only their fins were just visible. We were also unable to go through the much advertised hole due to the dimensions of the boat used and the weather conditions.

, Mar 2018

A very rough sea could not detract from the enjoyment of this cruise which was very professionally managed and provided a very educational narrative

, Mar 2018

it was a great trip but were not able to go through the hole in the rock due to abnormal swells

, Mar 2018

The Bay of Islands is a beautiful area and an excursion like this one was worth doing to see the area. The boat we took to the Hole in the Rock was large with many passengers. The weather was gray and the water was rough. We were not able to go through the hole due to the weather conditions. A smaller boat may have been able to go through the hole despite the weather conditions. Otherwise the captain was very informative and the boat clean and comfortable.

, Mar 2018

The cruise was well organised, and although we were unable to go through the hole because of the high swell, we did see dolphins and had a running commentary of all the islands we did see. Thoroughly enjoyable and would highly recommend.

, Jan 2018

We were skeptical when we saw a large crowd boarding a ferry type catamaran. However, the captain was FANTASTIC! He narrated with humor. He was sensitive to all 200 aboard and the visibility from everywhere was great! We saw 100s of Dolphins, explanations of all the islands was interesting, maps of sites were distributed, and we went through the HOLE IN THE ROCK!!!! It was VERY EXCITING!!! A trip to delight all ages! I recommend this excursion to EVERYONE who visits the Bay of Islands. We saw it all and had time to walk around Russell and Pahia. The Dolphin Seeker line gave us free ferry tickets to get back and forth that day!!! Loved it! Thank you!

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