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Bay of Islands Day Return With Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise

Experience a fascinating full day trip to the incredible Bay of Islands and enjoy a Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a full day Auckland to Bay of Islands coach tour and cruise (return to Auckland)
  • Travel to the seaside town of Paihia, known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy a half-day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and whales
  • Cruise out through some 144 islands towards the beautiful Cape Brett
  • See the remote Cape Brett lighthouse
  • Discover the famous Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island

Embark on one of the best things to do in Bay of Islands, New Zealand; a full day Auckland to Bay of Islands tour.

Leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland city behind as you board your premium coach and head north. First stop… Paihia!

Known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a popular beach town home to stunning golden beaches and boutique style shopping. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the delights of Paihia before your three-hour afternoon cruise into the waters of the sub-tropical Bay of Islands.

Soak up the stunning scenery, including turquoise waters and secluded bays, as you cruise from Paihia through some 144 islands; see the remote Cape Brett lighthouse before journeying to the famous Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island. For an unforgettable Hole in the Rock experience, your skipper might even drive through (weather/ocean conditions permitting).

The region attracts an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, whales, and penguins. Enjoy learning about the natural landscape and history of the area on both land and sea, with commentary from your coach and boat drivers.

After your Bay of Islands cruise, it’s time to return to Paihia wharf where you’ll climb aboard your coach for the return journey to Auckland.

Departs: 7:30am from Auckland. Returns to Auckland at approx 8.15pm.

Adult $250.00
Child $125.00

What's included

  • Coach
  • Selected Hotel pickups & drop offs
  • Hole in the Rock cruise

Duration

  • Allow approximately 1 days duration for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Child age 5 - 14 years. Infants 4 years and under are free. Please note infants traveling in the "special conditions" box upon check-out.

    Children aged 14 or under cannot travel without an accompanying adult aged 18 or over.

Available Bookings from July 22 to July 28

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

7:30am
Mon 22 Jul
Tue 23 Jul
Wed 24 Jul
Thu 25 Jul
Fri 26 Jul
Sat 27 Jul
Sun 28 Jul

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Charlotte Patu from New Zealand wrote on 26 September 2017

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It was a fantastic day the cruise was awesome and the staff was great so was the tour guide of the cruise she did an amazing job we were abit late but that didn’t bother me we got to spend most time with the orcas which was the highlight of my day 🙌👏

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From Bay of Islands Day Return With Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise

Kia ora Charlotte, Those are some lovely pictures you shared. It looks like you had the perfect day out. Thanks for sharing! All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

Peter from United Kingdom wrote on 17 July 2017

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Great day out

Driver was excellent, it was a long way but he made the experience what it was Well worth a visit

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From Bay of Islands Day Return With Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise

Kia ora Peter, Thanks for sharing. That's a fabulous picture of the Hole in the Rock! All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at Gray Line

Diane Gramlich from Canada wrote on 29 April 2017

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We started our trip on the bus with Rachel. That was great our driver was very informative and attentive. The time spent in Paihai was good. Our boat captain managed to find dolphins to entertain us and showed us around the bay for a couple hours. The only downside was the rush to get us off the main boat on to another boat and back to our pick up point back in Paihai. We felt like we saw so little as there are numerous island in the bay of which we saw 6-7. Ty Diane Gramlich

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From Bay of Islands Day Return With Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise

Kia ora Diane, Thank you for your feedback, I'm sorry the trip felt rushed to you, we do have to keep to a strict schedule when travelling from Auckland. I'll pass your lovely feedback on to Racheal. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

Chi Yee Choi from Hong Kong wrote on 13 February 2019

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may go option

too hot vehicle and transport too long;view excellant fot people urging to the sea

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Sam from United Kingdom wrote on 27 April 2017

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Bay of Islands Day Cruise

Was a shame that we weren't able to go out to the hole in the rock due to the cyclone but we were able to see dolphins! Staff and captain were great. No complaints. Highly recommend it. Looking forward to coming back to New Zealand and doing the cruise again.

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From Bay of Islands Day Return With Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise

Kia ora Sam, What a shame you were unable to go through the Hole in the Rock! Hopefully you can make it back to New Zealand and try again. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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