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Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock provided by Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours

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Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

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Overview
On this half-day Bay of Islands catamaran tour, cruise through the famous “Hole in the Rock.” Relax while your captain expertly navigates the islands, secluded beaches, and rocky promontories. Look for dolphins, penguins, and sea birds en route to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. Learn about the area’s Maori heritage along the way. Optionally disembark in Paihia or Russell, and then use your ferry ticket to return to your departure point.
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    Pass by Bay of Islands
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Highlights
  • High-speed catamaran jets you to many area attractions in a short time
  • Guide provides commentary on the area’s Maori heritage, flora, and fauna
  • Spot marine life such as whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and sea birds
  • Bonus: Included ferry ticket allows you to hop off in Paihia or Russell
What to Expect
Find a comfortable seat on the deck of the catamaran and settle in for your half-day scenic tour. This high-speed cruise allows you to experience multiple attractions in the Bay of Islands in a single trip, which tours on slower boats can’t manage. As you travel, enjoy in-depth commentary about the area’s geology, environment, Maori heritage, flora, and fauna from your guide. Keep an eye out for local marine life such as sea birds, penguins, dolphins, seals, and whales. Cruise through the “Hole in the Wall,” snap photos of the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and cruise past Motukokako Island. On the return trip, opt to disembark in Russell or Paihia to explore further, and then use the included ferry ticket to get back to your original departure point.
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Departure Point
Fullers GreatSights, Maritime Building 69 Marsden Road, Paihia 2020, New Zealand Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands (Russell), The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Cruise to the mighty "Hole in the Rock"
  • Commentary
  • WiFi on board
  • Free one Way Ferry Ticket from Russell or Paihia
  • Dolphin Viewing
  • Islands and Beaches
  • Dolphin Viewing Guarantee
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Claudia10229 wrote a review Mar 2020
Dallas, Texas224 contributions71 helpful votes
We boarded the boat in Pahia. Our tour leader suggested standing in line a bit early so we could choose our seats on the large boat. I'm glad we did since a group of 6 people sat on the top deck for the entire trip. Wear hats, sunscreen and a cover up for your arms. In February
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from FGSRES, Front Office Manager at Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Claudia It certainly can get hot in February so good tip for guests to ensure they have sunblock on. You have covered off everything pretty well so all that left is to say Glad that you enjoyed so much ( especially the penguins ) and we hope to see you again soon All the best for the rest of 2020 The Fullers GreatSights Team
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Anita G wrote a review Mar 2020
Newark, Delaware29 contributions22 helpful votes
We went on this tour last week and had a very enjoyable time. Tour was prompt - everybody was loaded and we were off right on time. Crew was professional, efficient, and courteous. We saw lots of birds, the islands were very scenic, and the Hole in the Rock impressive. We didn't
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from FGSRES, Front Office Manager at Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
Responded 1 week ago
Hi UDFAN Great - glad you had a good day and we look forward to seeing you again when you take advantage of your go again voucher , See you in the Bay soon the Fullers GreatSights Team
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guntersenft wrote a review Mar 2020
Goch, Germany10 contributions1 helpful vote
This phantastic cruise is a must if you visit the Bay of Islands and Paihia. Absolutely phantastic sights and excellent information provided by the captain and his crew - not to speak about the dolphins...
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from FGSRES, Front Office Manager at Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
Responded 1 week ago
Hi gunters Awesome - great that you had such a good day - thank you for travelling with us. Hope to see you ion the Bay of Islands again soon The Fullers GreatSights Team
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BigBrian_11 wrote a review Mar 2020
Tring, United Kingdom449 contributions142 helpful votes
Our party was picked up in Pahaia early morning & after two more pick-up points we had a full load heading out to sea through the islands. Outstanding scenery all around in the inland sea. Our young captain & his equally youthful crew kept us entertained with bags of information
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from FGSRES, Front Office Manager at Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
Responded 1 week ago
Hi BigBria Thanks for joining us through your APT Tour and fantastic that you had such a good day , maybe next time we can get you through the Hole in the Rock but I am sure that they would have got as close as they could of. Thanks again and Safe Travels The Fullers GreatSights Team
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kvgjs wrote a review Mar 2020
Kangaroo Valley, Australia129 contributions29 helpful votes
With our Grand Pacific tours, we boarded the catamaran and enjoyed 3 1/2 hrs of an experience that my wife and I will never forget. The commentary from the captain was very good, the sites and scenery were great, the “hole in the rock” was amazing. Then to cap it off, we
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Response from FGSRES, Front Office Manager at Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
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Hi kvigis Awesome that you joined us through your Grand Pacific Tour and that you had such a good time , some of our trip being in open ocean can be a little rocky at times but as you say well worth it Thanks again and safe travels The Fullers GreatSights Team
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GiGigirl10
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A packed full day!
This was a long day, packed full of great and interesting sights. To an ancient forest, our full size bus got up sp
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Solo5643yy77
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Great driver
Fun trip. Great driver. I was impressed how well the bus traveled on sand. Lunch was very good. I recommend this bu
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Surreysunlovers
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A lovely day
We went on the Great Sights Bay of Islands Tour and what a lovely day it was. We headed up North to Paihai and foun
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HelenS835
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A Taste of Paradise
A great way to spend a day. Cruising around the Bay of Islands with the opportunity to stop off at lovely beaches.
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I5525YDpeterb
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Fabulous trip, a real “must do”
Fabulous trip, a real “must do” We booked this on a nice sunny day, just expecting a boat ride and not much more.
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vpmuscat
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Get a Full view
We took this cruise to the Hole in the Rock with Fullers, it was well organised and all ran smoothly, the onboard c
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807valm
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Cape reinga day trip
Absolutely fabulous but tiring day. Great coach captain, Tahi, kept us informed and entertained. Excellent day out
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Brownowl87
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We Didn’t See Any Dolphins
As normal tours go this could have ended up quite disappointing as we didn’t see any dolphins and the sea was too r
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jmariec240
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Good day trip
We had a great driver Tania. She was funny, interesting and very informative. The drive in the beach was fun and th
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cannygirl49
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Hole in the rock with Dolphins trip
The crew were excellent, witty and informative. Unfortunately we did not see Dolphins or Whales but were offered a
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annepharm8
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A fantastic day out! Well worth every penny. The dolphins were spectacular!
Wow! What a trip! The captain of our boat (the Cream Trip) was so entertaining, informative and really seemed to c
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liniowa
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Magical experience.
Several of our guides for this tour were Maori. They provided excellent information about the Maori culture. When
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Bnerv
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Not enough time at the cape
Decent service. But too many filler activities and not enough time at the cape which is the main attraction. Food w
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caparadis
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A lovely day
We did the bay and beaches tour which has a short stop at Roberts island where you can easily walk to the lookout a
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Tobias C
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Great day
I have done this twice before having grown up in NZ but it was still worth doing for a third time because it is a b
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