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Experience the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands on a full-day tour that includes the Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock.’ Departing Auckland, enjoy a coach ride through New Zealand’s Northland to the Waitangi Treaty House. Then board a high-speed catamaran to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off with an optional picnic lunch.


  • 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

Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise departs Auckland

Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise departs Auckland

After hotel pickup in Auckland, settle aboard your coach for the approximate 3-hour drive to Paihia, the starting point for your Bay of Islands tour. Your driver-guide passes over the Auckland Harbour Bridge en route to your Northland destination.

On arrival, start with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, site of New Zealand’s founding document established between invading British forces and 43 Maori chiefs in 1840. See the signed Treaty of Waitangi in the Treaty House, along with a traditional Meeting House and Maori waka (war canoe).

Enjoy a picnic lunch (if option selected), or feel free to bring your own.

In the afternoon, board a high-speed catamaran for your Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise. Zip across the waves past sandy beaches and rocky outcrops as your captain navigates toward the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Upon reaching Motukokako Island, make the thrilling pass through the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett, and continue on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

Focus your camera on an array of wildlife including possible whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and other marine creatures. Listen as the crew explains the local history and shares ecological features of the varied island landscape.

You’ll return to Paihia to rejoin the coach for the journey back to Auckland, ending your full-day tour with hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Unforgettable tour.

Catherine J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour run by Great Sights, our driver Ben took us on a couple of extra stops as all the passengers were good with the time keeping and getting on the bus on time. The Treaty Grounds was an excellent introduction to the Moari history and traditions. The Cruise also was excellent, we saw many Dolphins and we were lucky enough to be able to go through the Hole in the Rock.

Dennis USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

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

Gwenda G

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.

Kat P

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

We recommend package tours like these because it saves you the trouble of driving out to remote locations and arranging the boats on your own.

About the tour: The driver was absolutely amazing! The boat portion of the tour was slightly crowded, so it was difficult to secure great outdoor seats. Besides the actual Hole in the Rock, parts of the cape tour were a bit slow -- it was mostly waiting around to get to the good parts. However, the boat crew were complete pros!

As with any outdoor tour in NZ, you need to remember that visibility is VERY dependent on the weather. Be sure to bring rain gear and expect cool temps, even in summer.


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.

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