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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 including Dolphins, Whales and Orcas
  • Success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing
  • Stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island
  • Summer activities of snorkelling, 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 change to encounter these amazing mammals!

We will also stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island - considered by some as the most beautiful island within the Bay.

In summer, this includes a BBQ Lunch (9am departure) or early BBQ Dinner (2pm departure), the ability to grab a drink at the fully licensed cafe, hire snorkel, kayaks and paddleboards or just chill out on the beach. There is also island walks for the more adventurous.

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 $152.00
Child $90.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours duration 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.

    Please note: From May to October we operate Discover the Bay with option to swim with dolphins when conditions permit.

    From May - November the bar & cafe are not open to the public for food & beverage sales.

    Discounted bookings are Non Transferable and Non refundable.

Available Bookings from April 23 to April 29

Change Dates

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

9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
Tue 23 Apr
Wed 24 Apr
Thu 25 Apr
Fri 26 Apr
Sat 27 Apr
Sun 28 Apr
Mon 29 Apr

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$121.60
  • Child$90.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$121.60
  • Child$90.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$91.00
  • Child$75.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$70.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$70.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$70.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$91.00
  • Child$70.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$68.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.20
  • Child$68.00

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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Xueyan Zhang from New Zealand wrote on 23 January 2017

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Great experience

Nice people,great experience.

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Sanjay from India wrote on 07 March 2018

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Hole in the rock

It was overall fantastic experiance... nine boat.. knowledgable and helping staff... and on top of it vary nice location

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Li-Wen from New Zealand wrote on 26 October 2017

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Hole in the rock cruise

Excellent cruise from start to finish. Highly recommend!

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Deborah witty from New Zealand wrote on 07 February 2017

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Worth every Penny

This tour is so well organised. Stopped at great viewing spots on the way. Stopped for pod of dolphins with babies to take photos. Hole in rock amazing place. Lunch bbq all ready when we docked at bay and delicious. Was good getting dropped at Russell on way back and having a free return ferry ticket. Will do again when we are next up that way.

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Tess from United States wrote on 25 April 2018

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Tess

We were lucky to get wonderful weather! It was a very pleasant cruise. The boat is smaller than the other tours so fewer people. We enjoyed seeing dolphins along the way. A big plus was a delicious barbecue lunch we had at an island after we went through hole in the rock. It was definitely one of our highlights of our time in New Zealand!

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