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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!

Highlights

  • View various marine wildlife
  • Success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing
  • Stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island
  • Summer activities of kayaking, paddle boarding or just chilling out on the beach!

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 for a BBQ lunch or Dinner - considered by some as the most beautiful island within the Bay.

In summer, this includes the ability to grab a drink at the fully licensed cafe, hire kayaks and paddleboards or just chill out on the beach. There is also island walks for the more adventurous.

In winter a BBQ lunch is also included and drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Location: Paihia, Bay Of Islands.

**Same Day Free Russell Ferry ticket**

To be used in the morning if booked on the 2:00pm departure (one per person on booking - can only be used on the same day as your tour )

Adult $155.00
Child $90.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 5 hours 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.

    Discounted bookings are Non Transferable and Non refundable.

Available Bookings from January 22 to January 28

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Wed 22 Jan
Thu 23 Jan
Fri 24 Jan
Sat 25 Jan
Sun 26 Jan
Mon 27 Jan
Tue 28 Jan

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$108.50
  • Child$75.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$75.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$115.00
  • Child$75.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$108.50
  • Child$75.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$75.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$90.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$90.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$90.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$90.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.50
  • Child$90.00

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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Gerard Vilardell from Spain wrote on 22 September 2019

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Recommended cruise

If you are in Bay of Islands you cannot avoid taking this cruise.

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Sola Laurence-Bade from New Zealand wrote on 26 September 2019

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Great tour!!

Really enjoyed this tour. You just haven't seen the bay of Island until you see it from the water. The captain was very funny! And the crew where lovely. The stop on the Island was so good ,had lunch and went for a walk. Recommend this tour!!

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Blair from New Zealand wrote on 31 August 2019

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A Great Day Out!

What a great day. The crew were excellent, very comfortable boat, lunch was great & the weather was mint. We didn’t see any dolphins on our trip but we did see penguins, seals & a whale though. Thanks

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Jo from New Zealand wrote on 02 July 2019

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Awesome

Marty and the team gave us an awesome experience - great commentary with great humor. Marty took great care to brief us on the conditions of 3m swells and the team continuously checked in with all passengers to make sure everyone was ok. We made it to the hole in the rock which was spectacular. Lunch was incredibly generous. Would highly recommend Explore.

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Ali from Australia wrote on 08 June 2019

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Great 4 hour tour.

We saw everything expected on the tour. Great commentary, friendly staff and the captain tried hard to make it a good experience. The lunch and the stop at the island was good. The walk to the top of the hill is well worth the short walk for a great view.

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