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Bay of Islands Day Return With Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise

 

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a full day return trip from Auckland, including a half-day cruise in search of dolphins and whales.

Board your modern, comfortable coach and leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind as we travel north to Paihia, the jewel of the Bay of Islands. This popular seaside town boasts beautiful golden beaches and boutique style shopping.

After a few hours enjoying the delights of Paihia you’ll join our three-hour afternoon cruise around the spectacular Bay of Islands.

Feel the wind in your hair as you soak up the outstanding scenery, cruising out through some of the 144 islands of the Bay towards Cape Brett with its remote lighthouse and the famous 'Hole in the Rock' at Motukokako Island.

If conditions permit, your skipper may even drive the boat right through the hole!

Have your camera at the ready throughout your cruise, as the Bay is home to a vast array of marine and bird life including dolphins, penguins and whales.

After your Bay of Islands cruise, disembark at Paihia wharf and board the coach for a comfortable return journey to Auckland.

 

Price:

  • Adult $250
  • Child $125
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    Price Includes:

  • Coach
  • Selected Hotel pickups & drop offs
  • Hole in the Rock cruise
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    Departs: 7:30am from Auckland. Returns to Auckland at approx 8.15pm.

     

    Available Bookings from August 23 to August 29

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    Adult $165.00

    Child $79.00

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    Adult $165.00

    Child $79.00

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    Adult $165.00

    Child $79.00

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    Adult $165.00

    Child $79.00

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    Adult $165.00

    Child $79.00

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    Adult $165.00

    Child $79.00

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    Adult $250.00

    Child $125.00

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    Adult $250.00

    Child $125.00

    6spaces

    Adult $250.00

    Child $125.00

    6spaces

    Adult $250.00

    Child $125.00

    6spaces

    Adult $250.00

    Child $125.00

    6spaces

    Adult $250.00

    Child $125.00

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    Diane Gramlich from Canada wrote on 29 April 2017

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    Bay of Islands

    We started our trip on the bus with Rachel. That was great our driver was very informative and attentive. The time spent in Paihai was good. Our boat captain managed to find dolphins to entertain us and showed us around the bay for a couple hours. The only downside was the rush to get us off the main boat on to another boat and back to our pick up point back in Paihai. We felt like we saw so little as there are numerous island in the bay of which we saw 6-7. Ty Diane Gramlich

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    From Bay of Islands Day Return With Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise

    Kia ora Diane, Thank you for your feedback, I'm sorry the trip felt rushed to you, we do have to keep to a strict schedule when travelling from Auckland. I'll pass your lovely feedback on to Racheal. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

    Laura Brimacombe from United Kingdom wrote on 16 December 2016

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    Very good

    Great how the day worked and kept to schedule, but I didn't learn much about the bay of islands. We saw dolphins :-)

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    Kia ora Laura, thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you feel you didn't learn much about the Bay of Islands - our driver guides provide commentary during the day, and on the cruise the skippers and crew also provide commentary on the region's history, geography and wildlife.

    Peter Holian from United Kingdom wrote on 17 July 2017

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    Great day out

    Driver was excellent, it was a long way but he made the experience what it was Well worth a visit

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    Kia ora Peter, Thanks for sharing. That's a fabulous picture of the Hole in the Rock! All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at Gray Line

    Sam Rana from United Kingdom wrote on 27 April 2017

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    Bay of Islands Day Cruise

    Was a shame that we weren't able to go out to the hole in the rock due to the cyclone but we were able to see dolphins! Staff and captain were great. No complaints. Highly recommend it. Looking forward to coming back to New Zealand and doing the cruise again.

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    Kia ora Sam, What a shame you were unable to go through the Hole in the Rock! Hopefully you can make it back to New Zealand and try again. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

    SITI TAHAR from Australia wrote on 23 March 2017

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    Worth the trip

    I would of love to stay an extra few days to fully enjoy this magnificent place but the full day trip was worth it.. Kenny the bus driver was great had so much info an the drive there was absolutely amazing.. both tours was also great.. really enjoyed my day

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    Kia ora Siti, Thanks for sharing with us! It's fantastic to hear you wanted to stay longer in the Bay of Islands. I'm glad you enjoyed exploring with us. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

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