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Discover the Bay - Hole in the Rock Cruise - BOOK AHEAD SPECIALS

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

Highlights

  • Sit back and relax as we cruise among the 144 islands
  • Success rates of over 90% with incredible wildlife viewings
  • Visit the famous Hole in the Rock and when conditions allow, travel through it!
  • Stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding and island walks during the summer time

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!

View various marine wildlife including dolphins, whales and orcas.

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

We will also stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island - considered by some as the most beautiful island within the Bay.

In summer, this includes a BBQ Lunch (9am departure) or early BBQ Dinner (2pm departure), the ability to grab a drink at the fully licensed cafe, hire snorkel, kayaks and paddleboards or just chill out on the beach. There is also island walks for the more adventurous.

Location: Paihia, Bay Of Islands.

Same Day Free Russell Ferry ticket: This can be purchased upon check-out to return from Russell to Paihia at a later time. Please note this can only be used on the same day as your tour (one per person on booking).

 

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Adult $152.00
Child $90.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours duration for the whole experience

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.

Notes

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

    Please note: From May to October we operate Discover the Bay with option to swim with dolphins when conditions permit.

    From May - November the bar & cafe are not open to the public for food & beverage sales.

    Discounted bookings are Non Transferable and Non refundable.

Available Bookings from May 05 to May 11

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

10am
Sun 5 May
Mon 6 May
Tue 7 May
Wed 8 May
Thu 9 May
Fri 10 May
Sat 11 May

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.00
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.00
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$80.00
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.00
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.00
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.00
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.00
  • Child$90.00

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

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Kelvin Hilton from New Zealand wrote on 05 January 2015

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Better than ever

We were very happy that the Urapukapuka visit now included a BBQ and Salad Lunch along with some great Cultural activities arranged by the neighbouring Maori Tribe. We have done the hole in the rock trip a few times with all the organisation that run these trips .This was by far the best so far.

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Chris from New Zealand wrote on 16 May 2017

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Best experience in the Bay of Islands

We loved this trip out to Cape Brett and to beautiful Urupukapuka Island for an all inclusive lunch stop. It was perfect weather. Very informative commentary from a friendly boat crew. Great dolphin encounter! Urupukapuka is simply stunning. We got off the boat at historic Russell on the return trip to Paihia and used the complimentary ferry tickets to cross over to Paihia later in the day. This really was a highlight of our few days in this beautiful region.

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Garry Way from Australia wrote on 05 January 2017

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Awesome experience

A great day out. The trip was very well run with friendly staff and great commentary by the captain. We saw pods of dolphins and had plenty of time watching them play. The hole in the rock was great to see and a lot of fun cruising though it. The BBQ Lunch on the island whilst having a drink and admiring the views was also a highlight. We took the option to get off at Russell on the way back , had a good look around and then later took a free ferry back to Paihia. The much smaller numbers on the boat compared to the opposition also ensured a great day out. .

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Helen He from New Zealand wrote on 17 January 2016

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Great experience, highly recommended.

A great guided tour to the hole in the rock, and 100% money worth. We were not lucky enough to see any marine mammals, but they offered a free return ticket for lifetime.

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Gerry van Niekerk from Australia wrote on 11 January 2016

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Great Trip

Great trip, friendly staff that was very helpful. What you see from the boat is awesome and can't be experienced from land. Thank you to all.

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