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Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

Paihia, New Zealand
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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
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.
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Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours
Check in area, prior the the cruise
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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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.
Admission Ticket Free
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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.
Admission Ticket Free

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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Nov 2019
So so glad I took this cruise, I probably could have not asked for anything more. Thank you so much.
tour operator should have cancelled the trip in view of the poor sea condition
, 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.
A Wonderful Trip
, 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.
Great value for money
, 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
Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise.
, Mar 2019
We did this cruise in mid February. It was absolutely wonderful. The boat was spacious and well maintained. The crew was friendly and helpful. The cruise to the hole in the Rock was exactly as advertised. I would highly recommend this boat tour.
Hole int the Rock and Dolphins
Michael S
, Feb 2019
The boat ride was a little long and chopy for us but we are not strong of stomach. Running into a family of dolphins and slowing down was the best part of the trip. We had half hour of dolphon jumping. What fun! The hole in the rock was interesting but not extraordinary.
The captain gave really fun...
Sarah W
, 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.
A relaxing cruise and great photo...
, 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.
This tour was fantastic and the...
Anne G
, 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.
This was an enjoyable and well...
David W
, Mar 2018
This was an enjoyable and well informed cruise. The hole in the rock transit is something to remember.

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