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

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 issued by the Paihia Sales staff on the morning of the departure to explore Russell after your cruise. * 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.

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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sera ali from New Zealand wrote on 20 May 2017

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Cruise

Despite weather not the best we all were provided the best service

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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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NIMISH TANNA from New Zealand wrote on 27 April 2017

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The most valuable deal in Bay of Islands

The whole trip was awesome. The crew was courteous and helpful. The guide was funny and informative. Definitely recommended!

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Erika from Guatemala wrote on 25 April 2017

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Great experience!

I fully recommend it! We had fun and the view was amazing :)

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Francis Lim from New Zealand wrote on 23 April 2017

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Great fun

It was awesome! The crew was helpful. The sights were great and the dolphins were simply amazing. An absolute 5 star experience. Would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend. Thank you very much!

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