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

Experience a fascinating full day trip to the incredible Bay of Islands and enjoy a Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a full day Auckland to Bay of Islands coach tour and cruise (return to Auckland)
  • Travel to the seaside town of Paihia, known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy a half-day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and whales
  • Cruise out through some 144 islands towards the beautiful Cape Brett
  • See the remote Cape Brett lighthouse
  • Discover the famous Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island

Embark on one of the best things to do in Bay of Islands, New Zealand; a full day Auckland to Bay of Islands tour.

Leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland city behind as you board your premium coach and head north. First stop… Paihia!

Known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a popular beach town home to stunning golden beaches and boutique style shopping. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the delights of Paihia before your three-hour afternoon cruise into the waters of the sub-tropical Bay of Islands.

Soak up the stunning scenery, including turquoise waters and secluded bays, as you cruise from Paihia through some 144 islands; see the remote Cape Brett lighthouse before journeying to the famous Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island. For an unforgettable Hole in the Rock experience, your skipper might even drive through (weather/ocean conditions permitting).

The region attracts an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, whales, and penguins. Enjoy learning about the natural landscape and history of the area on both land and sea, with commentary from your coach and boat drivers.

After your Bay of Islands cruise, it’s time to return to Paihia wharf where you’ll climb aboard your coach for the return journey to Auckland.

Departs: 7:30am from Auckland. Returns to Auckland at approx 8.15pm.

Adult $250.00
Child $125.00
Infant $0.00 (Under 4 years)

What's included

  • Coach
  • Selected Hotel pickups & drop offs
  • Hole in the Rock cruise

Duration

  • The duration of this experience is 1 days

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Child Age is 5 - 14 years inclusive. There is no charge for infants under 4 years old.

    Children aged 14 or under cannot travel without an accompanying adult aged 18 or over.

Available Bookings from February 23 to February 29

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sun 23 Feb
Mon 24 Feb
Tue 25 Feb
Wed 26 Feb
Thu 27 Feb
Fri 28 Feb
Sat 29 Feb

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00
  • Infant$0.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00
  • Infant$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00
  • Infant$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00
  • Infant$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00
  • Infant$0.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$79.00
  • Infant$0.00

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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Susan from United Kingdom wrote on 22 November 2019

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Fantastic

Saw Orcas and Dolphins

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Deeviya from New Zealand wrote on 13 May 2019

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Great tour

Our bus driver/ tour guide, Kenny was extremely friendly. Both him and the tour guides and captain on the cruise were great and gave us so much information about the Bay of Islands. Super happy we got to see Dolphins and go through the Hole in a Rock. Absolutely worth it! Thank you for a great tour :)

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Caroline from United Kingdom wrote on 11 February 2019

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Excellent experience !

Loved this trip, comfortable journey by coach then breathtaking scenery and awesome cruise through the hole in the rock. The captain went beyond to get us to experience dolphins swimming along side the boat. The highlight of my holiday ! Great value also

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Chi Yee Choi from Hong Kong wrote on 13 February 2019

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may go option

too hot vehicle and transport too long;view excellant fot people urging to the sea

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Sanket from New Zealand wrote on 22 October 2018

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Amazing day experience

Fantastic start to the day, our tour guide was Rachael - enjoyed the commentary & finally we get to see dolphins.

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