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Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover - Afternoon Cruise

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 6 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Slip through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' in New Zealand’s Northland during this half-day 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 out for dolphins and other marine and birdlife.
  • Navigate the famous 'Hole in the Rock' and Bay of Islands
  • See dolphins, penguins and other marine wildlife
  • Relax on a high-speed catamaran
  • Includes a one-way ferry ticket from Russell or Paihia
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Cruise to the mighty "Hole in the Rock"
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Departure Point

1: Fullers GreatSights, Maritime Building 69 Marsden Road, Paihia 2020, New Zealand
2: Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands (Russell), The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand

Departure Time

1:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide in Paihia or Russell for your half-day Bay of Islands cruise. A high-speed catamaran whisks you away to the Bay of Islands 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours
Check in area, prior the the cruise
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bay of Islands
Travel to the Bay of Islands, a stunning marine playground, and cruise its sheltered waters in search of dolphins, whales and other sea life.
Pass By:  
Cape Brett Walkway
Cruise past Cape Brett on the way to the Hole in the Rock and visit the Cape Brett Lighthouse, Admire the rock walls towering above you as the skipper navigates right through the narrow space (conditions permitting) before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GreatSights

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover - Afternoon Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover - Afternoon Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover - Afternoon Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover - Afternoon Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover - Afternoon Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Island Stopover - Afternoon Cruise.

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  • "Does get very windy so hold on to your hat." See review
  • "The boat was packed so it was difficult to move around." See review

Reviews

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Highly recommended tour
Ritesh
, Feb 2021
Highly recommended for anyone visiting bay of Islands, good day on the water & visiting otehi bay island and hole in a rock
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Fun with the dolphins
Colin_D
, Feb 2021
Seeing the dolphins swim alongside the boat and the dedication the crew put in to find the dolphins. It was excellent
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Reilly_G
, Dec 2020
Awesome trip. Crew were very friendly and informative. Loved seeing the dolphins. Urupekapeka is beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Hi Reilly_G Thanks for your feedback , we are very proud of the teams that deliver these great experiences in the Bay of Islands so its awesome to be able to pass comments on to them like this Thanks for choosing us The Fullers GreatSights Team
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Bay of Islands, a beauty not to miss
Tee
, Apr 2020
I'm going back there to see more...such an amazing breath-taking place....majestic and just beautiful!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Hi Tee Yes - we have to agree! Great we look forward to seeing you again soon Safe Travels The Fullers GreatSights Team
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Enjoyable tour
Anita_G
, Mar 2020
We went on this tour last week and had an enjoyable time. Tour was prompt - everybody was loaded and we were off right on time. Crew was professional, efficient, and courteous. We didn't see any whales or dolphins but no problem with getting a rain check for a free future trip. I can say the crew worked hard to find marine mammals for us - it certainly wasn't for lack of trying that we didn't see any. Despite this, we saw lots of birds, the islands were very scenic, and the Hole in the Rock impressive.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Anita_G Great that overall you had a good day and glad that you took advantage of the go again opportunity - sometimes the dolphins are off doing their own thing! We look forward to seeing you again soon the Fullers GreatSights Team
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star-5
Excellent
Carol_R
, Mar 2020
Boat was clean and comfortable Crew were great as was the commentary We seen dolphins as promised and the captain followed them so we seen them for a long time jumping and playing
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Carol_R Thanks for joining us and great that the dolphins chose to make one of their regular appearance's Hope to see you back in the bay soon Regards Ryan
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Mesmerizing
X3344JZamym
, Nov 2019
So so glad I took this cruise, I probably could have not asked for anything more. Thank you so much.
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tour operator should have cancelled the trip in view of the poor sea condition
johnnywmwoo
, Oct 2019
sea condition was rough; could not go to the hole in the rock; could not even see the hole in the rock from afar; could not see any dolphin; tour operator should cancel the trip.
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A Wonderful Trip
Extraordinary718750
, May 2019
That's a really excellent and breathtaking tour for us. We've seen many dolphins. They swam around our ship. That's amazing. And the great scenery of Bay of Islands also bring the deep impress to us.
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star-4
Great value for money
RamothCanberra
, Apr 2019
This was an excellent way to spend 3 hours. The Captain was both informative and humourous and coupled with sightings of dolphins, penguins, seals and numerous birds the 3 hours passed all too quickly. Unfortunately the slightly larger swell meant we couldn't sail through Hole in the Rock however this didn't detract from the trip. Highly recommend this trip
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