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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,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.

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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Tom Murphy from Canada wrote on 15 March 2020

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Great afternoon trip

Great trip , friendly knowledgeable crew and a very nice late lunch.

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Ivan from New Zealand wrote on 06 March 2020

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Beautiful bays

Even on a windy rainy day it was a great experience

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shaveen sen from New Zealand wrote on 12 January 2020

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Awesome trip

Amazing cruise.whole family enjoyed lovely sightseeing

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Barry Nicholls from New Zealand wrote on 23 March 2020

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Discover the Bay - longer and flexible

Like the combination of sea and land - good lunch on the island and enough time for a quick kayak and snorkel. Chose this trip over the dolphin cruise as it was longer had the island component- and we saw a pod of dolphins anyway

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Deirdre Nieuwland from New Zealand wrote on 20 March 2020

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Blue Skys, blue water.

Really lovely day. Took advantage of the free trip back from Russell too. Well worth it.

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