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!


  • View various marine wildlife enjoying their natural habitat
  • Success rate of over 90% for wildlife viewing
  • Stop off at the stunning Otehei Bay Urupukapuka Island
  • Free time to explore the Island or have a swim

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 which is considered by some as the most beautiful island within the Bay. Here you will have some free time to swim, explore or relax with a bite to eat from our licensed café (at own expense).

Location: Paihia, Bay Of Islands.

**Marine Mammal Viewing Guarantee**

If you don’t see any marine mammals you will given a voucher to come on board again for free until you do!

Adult $120.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $60.00 (Aged 5 - 15 years)

What's included

  • 3.5 hours scenic cruising
  • 1.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island
  • Nature Guide on board to answer your questions and provide commentary
  • Marine Mammal Viewing Guarantee – if you don’t see any marine mammals you will given a voucher to come on board again for free until you do
  • Get up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock - when conditions permit


  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience


  • CHECK-IN: Please report to our yellow & black boats at Pier 5 on the left-hand side of the Paihia Wharf 15 minutes before departure time. Please report to our yellow & black boats at Pier 5 on the left-hand side of the Paihia Wharf 15 minutes before departure time. If you have requested a pick up from Russell Wharf please be ready at the far end of the wharf 15 minutes prior to departure time. If

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.


  • 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 October 27 to November 02

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 27 Oct
Wed 28 Oct
Thu 29 Oct
Fri 30 Oct
Sat 31 Oct
Sun 1 Nov
Mon 2 Nov

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$90.80
  • Child$50.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$120.00
  • Child$60.00

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ivanm3 from New Zealand wrote on 06 March 2020

Beautiful bays

Even on a windy rainy day it was a great experience

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Melissa from New Zealand wrote on 25 February 2020


Absolutely amazing experience

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Siobhan Hogan from United Kingdom wrote on 18 February 2020

Loved it!

Highly recommend this trip, but mostly for Otehei Bay! I suffer from sea sickness and it was particularly choppy around the hole in the rock, however with the help of Sea Leg tablets paired with sitting downstairs on the boat I didn’t vomit, although is was touch and go! We did see some dolphins as we left Paihia bay, however it was outside of their allotted time (as we went out during the morning) so we were not able to stop and swim with them, however they did slow down to allow them to cross us without any harm and we did get the opportunity for photos. We didn’t see any whales, so that was a bit disappointing! The crew were super friendly and informed us with tones of information regarding history and wildlife on the islands and even indulge us on the best diving spots for anyone who was interested. Otehei Bay was stunning, as I mentioned we were on the morning tour boat, therefore we got to Urupukapuka island for around 11:15. We decided to stay on the island until 16:00 and it was the best decision! We managed to fit in Kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding whilst on the island which was stunning and lots of fun as a grown up family. There are walking routes available for those interested. The BBQ lunch was delicious and exactly what we wanted, including chicken leg, steak and sausage with corn on the cob, salads and pasta. Drinks are a bit expensive, a large can of Pepsi Max costed $5 however they were ice cold and were thoroughly enjoyed alongside ice creams which we also purchased for around $5. Definitely glad I purchased this experience!

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davidb24 from Australia wrote on 14 March 2020

Tour around the islands was good but awful lunch

Bbq lunch was really really terrible. Cold soggy olive green beans, dried out potatoe chunks cooked in oven, bitter tough cabbage slices for coleslaw, greasy sausage watery steak and dark chicken drumstick. Couldn’t see any relation of this awful food to a bbq. Served by disinterested staff. But the boat ride and commentary was great. Better to have taken our own picnic lunch and beer and sat outside the ‘licensed’ area which in any case was extensive.

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Murtaza from New Zealand wrote on 26 October 2020

Very disappointed

We were very excited as it was our first time with this experience and was hoping for a close encounter with marine mammals or at least a good close up or get a voucher if we are unable to as per the terms. We did saw some dolphins flipping but from a long distance, could hardly spot them and they looked the size of a pea from that far away, so no good. The captain did not wait for the other boats to move away for us to take a closer look, Upon leaving we asked if we could get a voucher for the next time as promised but we were told (we did spot some dolphins from miles away afterall so that apparently counts and had to keep moving due to time constrained) Shouldn't the company allocate enough time for dolphin watching as thats the main attraction for a 4 hours ride, come on? I spoke with other passengers on board and they were equally disheartened, giving such little importance to marine mammals by the operators. Would not recommend or come back again for just a boat ride, not worth $100+

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