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Discover the Bay - Hole in the Rock Cruise

Join us for an unforgettable cruising adventure and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands!

Highlights

  • View various marine wildlife
  • Success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing
  • Stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island
  • Summer activities of kayaking, paddle boarding or just chilling out on the beach!

Both stunningly beautiful and historically significant, this spectacular haven draws visitors from around the world, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Bay of Islands and its diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings.

Sit back and relax as we cruise among the 144 islands with the skipper's expert commentary, including a visit to the famous Hole in the Rock and when conditions allow, travel through it!

Our trips boast a success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing and is your best chance to encounter these amazing mammals!

We will also stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island for a BBQ lunch or Dinner - considered by some as the most beautiful island within the Bay.

In summer, this includes the ability to grab a drink at the fully licensed cafe, hire kayaks and paddleboards or just chill out on the beach. There is also island walks for the more adventurous.

In winter a BBQ lunch is also included and drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Location: Paihia, Bay Of Islands.

**Same Day Free Russell Ferry ticket**

To be used in the morning if booked on the 2:00pm departure (one per person on booking - can only be used on the same day as your tour )

Adult $155.00
Child $90.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Child price applies to ages 5 to 15 years. Children under 5 years travel free.

    Discounted bookings are Non Transferable and Non refundable.

Available Bookings from February 24 to March 01

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 24 Feb
Tue 25 Feb
Wed 26 Feb
Thu 27 Feb
Fri 28 Feb
Sat 29 Feb
Sun 1 Mar

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$92.80
  • Child$75.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$108.50
  • Child$75.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$92.80
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$92.80
  • Child$75.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$92.80
  • Child$75.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$92.80
  • Child$75.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$116.20
  • Child$90.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$116.20
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$116.20
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$116.20
  • Child$90.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$116.20
  • Child$90.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$116.20
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$155.00
  • Child$90.00

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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Michelle Brooks from United Kingdom wrote on 23 February 2020

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Hole in the Rock tour

This tour was fabulous. Booking online was simple, funding the boat at Paihai's wharf was easy. The trip out to the rock was quite "choppy" especially whilst in the Pacific but we were warned of this and advised what to do. Unfortunately we didn't see any marine mammals but the Hole in the Rock is impressive. The commentary highlighting the various islands was appreciated. Barbeque lunch was steaming hot and sufficient (second helpings were allowed) We had 90mins on the island which was long enough for lunch and a walk to the top of a hill where I had fantastic views. A great 5 hour trip.

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Bernadette from Canada wrote on 20 February 2020

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Great Day

Had a wonderful day watching dolphins play & seeing Hole in the Wall. Such a beautiful ride & the crew was great.

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Siobhan Hogan from United Kingdom wrote on 18 February 2020

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Loved it!

Highly recommend this trip, but mostly for Otehei Bay! I suffer from sea sickness and it was particularly choppy around the hole in the rock, however with the help of Sea Leg tablets paired with sitting downstairs on the boat I didn’t vomit, although is was touch and go! We did see some dolphins as we left Paihia bay, however it was outside of their allotted time (as we went out during the morning) so we were not able to stop and swim with them, however they did slow down to allow them to cross us without any harm and we did get the opportunity for photos. We didn’t see any whales, so that was a bit disappointing! The crew were super friendly and informed us with tones of information regarding history and wildlife on the islands and even indulge us on the best diving spots for anyone who was interested. Otehei Bay was stunning, as I mentioned we were on the morning tour boat, therefore we got to Urupukapuka island for around 11:15. We decided to stay on the island until 16:00 and it was the best decision! We managed to fit in Kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding whilst on the island which was stunning and lots of fun as a grown up family. There are walking routes available for those interested. The BBQ lunch was delicious and exactly what we wanted, including chicken leg, steak and sausage with corn on the cob, salads and pasta. Drinks are a bit expensive, a large can of Pepsi Max costed $5 however they were ice cold and were thoroughly enjoyed alongside ice creams which we also purchased for around $5. Definitely glad I purchased this experience!

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James Moseley from United Kingdom wrote on 17 February 2020

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A great day out

Super service picked up from the Top 10. campsite,boat crew friendly and knowledgeable . Very good BBQ, tons of food. Slightly choppy sea but still made it to the Hole in the Rock. Worth every penny/dollar.

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Amandeep Singh from India wrote on 17 February 2020

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Best Trip

It was great time spent.

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