Bay of Islands: Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

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Bay of Islands: Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

From $78.40 per person

Cruise around the Bay of Islands, taking in the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett. Spot dolphins and enjoy time on one of the islands, while taking in the history and scenery of the 144 islands that make up the Bay.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Optional audio guide
German, French, Chinese
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the magnificent Hole in the Rock and the Cape Brett Peninsula
  • Look out for the marine and bird life all over the Bay of Islands
  • Receive a free one-way ferry ticket to Russell or Paihia
Full description
Experience a uniquely relaxing 3-hour cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands and visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett. Depart from Paihia or Russel and cruise through the inner islands of the bay as you listen to live commentary on the history, scenery, and ecology of this location.   Arrive at the mighty Hole in the Rock (Motokokako Island) where, according to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the hole in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space. If you get dripped on, consider yourself lucky!   Keep an eye out for marine and bird life during your cruise, and have your camera ready to capture that perfect shot. Sit on the Dolphin Seeker’s indoor or outdoor seating, and take advantage of the largest viewing decks in the Bay of Islands.   Return to Russell or Paihia and use your free one-way ferry ticket to take in more of the birthplace of New Zealand.
  • Multilingual headsets (limited numbers)
  • Outdoor viewing decks
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Multilingual cruise maps
  • One-way ferry ticket to Russell or Paihia
  • Dolphin viewing and watching
  • Island stopover at Urupukapuka island
  • Purchases at the on-board café
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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  • Please note that from April 1, 2020, to October 23, 2020, the cruise is 4 hours in duration and includes an island stopover at Otehei Bay. The tour will return at 1:00 PM.
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4.5 / 5

based on 22 reviews

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June 8, 2021

March 29, 2021

The trip was great and Urupukapuka Island was lovely.

January 20, 2021

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