Discover the Bay - Hole in the Rock Cruise


Join us for an unforgettable cruising adventure and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands!


  • View various marine wildlife enjoying their natural habitat
  • Success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing
  • Stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island
  • Free time to explore the Island or have a swim

Both stunningly beautiful and historically significant, this spectacular haven draws visitors from around the world, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Bay of Islands and its diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings.

Sit back and relax as we cruise among the 144 islands with the skipper's expert commentary, including a visit to the famous Hole in the Rock and when conditions allow, travel through it!

Our trips boast a success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing and is your best chance to encounter these amazing mammals!

We will also stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island which is considered by some as the most beautiful island within the Bay. Here you will have some free time to swim, explore or relax with a bite to eat from our licensed café (at own expense).

Location: Paihia, Bay Of Islands.

Adult $135.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $67.50 (Aged 5 - 15 years)

What's included

  • 3.5 hours scenic cruising
  • 1 - 1.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island
  • Nature Guide on board to answer your questions and provide commentary
  • Get up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock - when conditions permit


  • 4.5 - 5 hours total


Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Check In:

    Paihia Departure: Please check in at the Fullers GreatSights / Explore office in the Maritime building at least 15 minutes before departure.

    Russell Departure: Please check in directly to the vessel at departure time at the end of the Russell Wharf.

    Please note we code share with Fullers Great Sights please look out for either a Explore or Fullers Great Sights Branded vessel at your boarding time

    Departure Times: Booking times are ex Paihia. Departures from Russell are 10 minutes later.

  • Child price applies to ages 5 to 15 years. Children under 5 years travel free.

    Discounted bookings are Non Transferable and Non refundable.

Available Bookings from 30 Jun to 06 Jul 2022

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  • Adult$108.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$56.00

  • Adult$81.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$56.00

  • Adult$81.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$56.00

  • Adult$81.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$56.00

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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ivanm3 from New Zealand wrote on 06 March 2020

Beautiful bays

Even on a windy rainy day it was a great experience

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Grzegorz Majka from Poland wrote on 10 February 2020

Bay of paradise

We were lucky with the weather and the boat team catch all opportunities to make it unforgetable day! The lunch was tasty with a lot of vegies! Thank you guys for being active, energetic and happy people! We did the AM trip and left at Russell on the way back to spend the afternoon and then take the provided ferry back to Paihia. That worked great for us making full day experience.

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Vicki Miles from New Zealand wrote on 11 July 2021

Best experience

Wow! From the moment we stepped on the boat been greeted personally by the captain and crew until we were farewelled by them, we were 100% satisfied. The Captain and his crew did a great job informing us of the history and keeping us amused. We were able to cruise through the hole in the rock and saw a pod of dolphins up close. We definitely got our money’s worth!! We stopped at Otehei Bay for lunch. It was winter time so the menu was very limited. Good coffee but I would suggest taking your own lunch if deep fried items are not to your liking. Highly recommend and we would go again.

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Gaurav from New Zealand wrote on 05 January 2022

Big Shame

Total Shame.... This was one of the worst experience which our complete group did because no dolphins were spotted and when I requested the duty manager regarding giving a exchange voucher then he refused and because of weather the hole in the rock was not done which was again a negative point. Basically we wasted our money....

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davidb24 from Australia wrote on 14 March 2020

Tour around the islands was good but awful lunch

Bbq lunch was really really terrible. Cold soggy olive green beans, dried out potatoe chunks cooked in oven, bitter tough cabbage slices for coleslaw, greasy sausage watery steak and dark chicken drumstick. Couldn’t see any relation of this awful food to a bbq. Served by disinterested staff. But the boat ride and commentary was great. Better to have taken our own picnic lunch and beer and sat outside the ‘licensed’ area which in any case was extensive.

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