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Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise

Highlights
  • High-speed catamaran jets you to many area attractions in a short time
  • Cruise through the famous “Hole in the Rock” and see the Cape Brett Lighthouse
  • Guide provides commentary on the area’s Maori heritage, flora, and fauna
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Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise
From US$77.50
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MORNING CRUISE
Departs Paihia at 9:00am or Russell at 9:10am
From US$76.76
AFTERNOON CRUISE
Departs Paihia at 1:30pm or Russell at 1:40pm
From US$77.48
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 Motukokako Island and the Cape Brett Lighthouse. 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.
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, you’ll 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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1 - 5 of 26 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
the HOLE 3hrs Enjoyed

What can we say a gr8 trip had, Great weather accompanied us on our cruise through the bays then out in the open stretches to Cape Brett , Not even once we went down to the refreshment bar below top deck, Experienced dolphin pods, Blueish...More

Thank chrisnjulez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing Trip

Paihia is a beautiful town and we went through a tour company for the cruise. The weather was beautiful and the cruise was amazing. It was calm and there was plenty of spaces on the cruise so not too crowded. We got to see loads...More

Thank Charlottef23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful Trip

Great trip, good commentary. Found Dolphins really quickly and watched them for about 15 minutes - went through the hole in the rick which was awesome. Saw seals on the rocks. Crew were really friendly - bar on board which sold alcohol and soft drinks...More

Thank Isabel R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Even Though Rough a comfortable trip

On the Dolphin Seeker leaving Paihia at 9am. Skipper did give passengers the opportunity to jump ship if they thought weather may be too rough and also told us no guarantee we would get out as far as the rock. I have done this trip...More

Thank Trisha826
Reviewed March 17, 2018
Very lucky day

My friend and I booked this cruise and set on the front of the top deck. Slightly burnt but worth every minute. We saw so many dolphins who were playing around the boat and sometimes flipped on the side. Heard so many stories of the...More

1  Thank Annamária V
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April 17, 2018|
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Response from Trisha826 | Reviewed this property |
The Cruise ships anchor out in the Bay and have tenders coming into Waitangi and then transferring backwards and forwards by bus to Paihia and then you catch the normal ferry over to Russell. Trust this helps sure is a... More
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