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Discover the Bay - Hole in the Rock Cruise

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

Highlights

  • View various marine wildlife including Dolphins, Whales and Orcas
  • Success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing
  • Stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island
  • Summer activities of snorkelling, 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 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:

9:00am Departure- This can be issued by the crew to return from Russell to Paihia at a later time.

2:00pm Departure - This can be issued by the Paihia Sales staff on the morning of the departure to explore Russell before your cruise. *Please note this can only be used on the same day as your tour (one per person on booking).

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 January 23 to January 29

Change Dates

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

9:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
Wed 23 Jan
Thu 24 Jan
Fri 25 Jan
Sat 26 Jan
Sun 27 Jan
Mon 28 Jan
Tue 29 Jan

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$121.60
  • Child$90.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.20
  • Child$90.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.20
  • Child$90.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.20
  • Child$90.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.20
  • Child$90.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$106.40
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$152.00
  • Child$90.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.23
  • 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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Francis from France wrote on 29 March 2017

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Tres agréable promenade

Nous avons eu tres beau temps, la mer etait belle. L'accueil agréable. Nous avons eu la chance de voir des dauphins. Il est sympa de pouvoir rester sur l'ile après le bbq, et de rentrer plus tard avec un autre bateau de la même compagnie.

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Clement Nicolas from France wrote on 11 December 2018

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Très jolie experience

C'est une jolie ballade en bateau qui se termine par un bon repas bien copieux. Nous en avions profité pour passer la nuit en tente sur l'île et prendre le ferry le lendemain sans surcoût. On recommande ce Cruise

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Claire from France wrote on 18 November 2018

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Excellent !!!!

Superbe excursion ! L’équipage était génial. Sûrement notre meilleure journée en Nouvelle-Zélande !!

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Odile from France wrote on 25 July 2018

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Superbe croisiere

Nous n avons pas eu la chance de croiser dauphins ou baleines seulement des phoques mais neanmoins la traversée elle même vaut vraiment la peine . On longe des îles sauvages et très belles jusqu'au site "hole in the rock" impressionnant.

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Aurore from France wrote on 04 April 2017

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Super journée

Journée très agréable avec un équipage très sympa, des paysages à couper le souffle, un déjeuner barbecue très qualitatif avec la possibilité de rester plus longtemps avec des départs différés pour profiter du lieu. à cela s'ajoute la magie de voir des dauphins et des otaries!

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