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


  • CHECK-IN: Please report to Pier 7 on the left-hand side of the Paihia Wharf 15 minutes before departure time. If you have requested a pick up from Russell Wharf please be ready at the far end of the wharf 15 minutes prior to departure time. 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 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.


  • 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 December 02 to December 08

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$121.50
  • Child$67.50

  • 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$135.00
  • Child$67.50

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$67.50

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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Melissa from New Zealand wrote on 25 February 2020


Absolutely amazing experience

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Murtaza from New Zealand wrote on 26 October 2020

Very disappointed

We were very excited as it was our first time with this experience and was hoping for a close encounter with marine mammals or at least a good close up or get a voucher if we are unable to as per the terms. We did saw some dolphins flipping but from a long distance, could hardly spot them and they looked the size of a pea from that far away, so no good. The captain did not wait for the other boats to move away for us to take a closer look, Upon leaving we asked if we could get a voucher for the next time as promised but we were told (we did spot some dolphins from miles away afterall so that apparently counts and had to keep moving due to time constrained) Shouldn't the company allocate enough time for dolphin watching as thats the main attraction for a 4 hours ride, come on? I spoke with other passengers on board and they were equally disheartened, giving such little importance to marine mammals by the operators. Would not recommend or come back again for just a boat ride, not worth $100+

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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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