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Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

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Meet your guide at the Maritime Building in Paihia or The Strand Wharf in Russell to start your 3-hour Bay of Islands cruise.

Soaking up the varied landscape of some 144 islands, you'll make your way out to the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse and before visiting the famous Cape Brett Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island.

While your experienced crew share local history and ecology via an informative commentary keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and other marine life!

Licensed by the Department of Conservation to view marine mammals including Bottlenose Dolphins on this afternoon cruise.

Don't want the journey to end? Hop off in Russell or Paihia after your cruise for more exploring before using your complimentary Russell/Paihia ferry ticket to get back.
  • High-speed catamaran jets you to many area attractions in a short time
  • Cruise through the famous “Hole in the Rock” and see the Cape Brett Lighthouse
  • Guide provides commentary on the area’s Maori heritage, flora, and fauna
  • Spot marine life such as whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and sea birds
  • Bonus: Included ferry ticket allows you to hop off in Paihia or Russell
What to Expect
Find a comfortable seat on the deck of the catamaran and settle in for your half-day scenic tour. This high-speed cruise allows you to experience multiple attractions in the Bay of Islands in a single trip, which tours on slower boats can’t manage. As you travel, you’ll enjoy in-depth commentary about the area’s geology, environment, Maori heritage, flora, and fauna from your guide.
Keep an eye out for local marine life such as sea birds, penguins, dolphins, seals, and whales. Cruise through the “Hole in the Wall,” snap photos of the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and cruise past Motukokako Island.
On the return trip, opt to disembark in Russell or Paihia to explore further, and then use the included ferry ticket to get back to your original departure point.
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All reviews cape brett wonderful trip nice afternoon free ferry pod of dolphins weather conditions hammerhead shark top deck saw seals great scenery fullers great sights hour tour booked this tour new zealand hole rock commentary
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The five of us young and old really enjoyed this cruise. Very clean and tidy boat. Friendly crew. We were stoked to see not only dolphins but a penguin and some fur seals. It was too rough to go through the hole so we missed...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank hayleigh h
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. The boat was so clean and well appointed. The weather was too windy to go through the hole so I admired the captain's tenacity to put everyone's safety first. The dolphins put on a great display and were fun to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank VickiShamae
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a great experience, further than just watching great scenarios, I also learned a few things regarding the Maori understanding

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mourackb
Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

This was a wonderful tour! Make sure to do it in the afternoon for the chance to see dolphins! The captain was incredibly funny and personable and the crew were super helpful. The view of the islands from the water is fantastic and the unique...More

1  Thank CharlieWinchesterNV
Reviewed July 4, 2019

What a chilly but beautiful day. Definitely recommended if you wanna see some amazing island-sights, have a laugh and see a wild pod of dolphins swim with the cruise-boat!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Simon C
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April 27, 2019|
Response from Jan-Pieter R | Reviewed this property |
There is no dock in the Bay of Islands that can handle cruise ships, so they all anchor in the bay, just off Russell, and tender ashore. Most will tender close to (a pleasant 25-minute walk along the beach) Paihia, but it... More
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April 7, 2019|
Response from Ian S | Reviewed this property |
It’s around 1-00pm from memory.
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