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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.
Outstanding tour. Highly recommended. Coach driver gave great description of the sights.
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
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.
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.
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!
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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Roy S United Kingdom
Our skipper managed to get us through the Hole in the Rock, great day out.
IVETTE C USA
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
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
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.
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!!!
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.
Mark L USA
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
Unable to do Hole in the Rock due to bad weather.
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