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

 

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a full day return trip from Auckland, including a half-day cruise in search of dolphins and whales.

Board your modern, comfortable coach and leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind as we travel north to Paihia, the jewel of the Bay of Islands. This popular seaside town boasts beautiful golden beaches and boutique style shopping.

After a few hours enjoying the delights of Paihia you’ll join our three-hour afternoon cruise around the spectacular Bay of Islands.

Feel the wind in your hair as you soak up the outstanding scenery, cruising out through some of the 144 islands of the Bay towards Cape Brett with its remote lighthouse and the famous 'Hole in the Rock' at Motukokako Island.

If conditions permit, your skipper may even drive the boat right through the hole!

Have your camera at the ready throughout your cruise, as the Bay is home to a vast array of marine and bird life including dolphins, penguins and whales.

After your Bay of Islands cruise, disembark at Paihia wharf and board the coach for a comfortable return journey to Auckland.

 

Price:

  • Adult $250
  • Child $125
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    Price Includes:

  • Coach
  • Selected Hotel pickups & drop offs
  • Hole in the Rock cruise
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    Departs: 7:30am from Auckland. Returns to Auckland at approx 8.15pm.

     

    Available Bookings from May 24 to May 30

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

    7:30am
    Thu 24 May
    Fri 25 May
    Sat 26 May
    Sun 27 May
    Mon 28 May
    Tue 29 May
    Wed 30 May

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$79.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$79.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$79.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$79.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$79.00

    5+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

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    Charlotte Patu from New Zealand wrote on 26 September 2017

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    Bay of Islands cruise

    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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    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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    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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    Bay of Islands

    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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    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

    Sam from United Kingdom wrote on 27 April 2017

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    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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    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

    Venkata from New Zealand wrote on 20 March 2017

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    Great Trip for Limited Time

    If you consider to have a relaxed trip to Bay of Islands and not drive so far, then this bus journey is the best. Our guide Rachel from Great Sights was fantastic with interesting commentary. Overall a relaxing experience.

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    Kia ora Venkata, I'm glad you enjoyed your tour with us! Thanks for sharing, I'll pass on your feedback to Racheal. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

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