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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 November 13 to November 19

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Wed 13 Nov
Thu 14 Nov
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$101.90
  • Child$75.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$101.90
  • Child$75.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$101.90
  • Child$75.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$101.90
  • Child$75.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$101.90
  • Child$75.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$101.00
  • Child$75.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$101.90
  • Child$75.00

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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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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Shivani Kaur from New Zealand wrote on 03 June 2019

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Awesome experience

Had such an amazing time although, we were not able to go to the hole in the rock due to bad weather. Regardless of that, the tour was fantastic and the crew were great. Would definitely go on this tour again on a sunny day. The captain made the tour really enjoyable with his commentary.

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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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