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From Paihia or Russell: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

Product ID: 21028
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Cruise the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran and discover the famous Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island; spy secluded beaches and coves, keep a sharp eye out for marine and birdlife and listen to informative commentary from your expert crew.
About this activity
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Chinese, French, German
Chinese, German, Japanese

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  • Say ‘kia ora’ to dolphins, whales, and other marine life
  • Listen to engaging, informative commentary from your friendly crew
  • Sail among the 144 isles in the Bay of Islands
  • Cruise through the iconic and narrow Hole in the Rock
  • Benefit from Wi-Fi on board the cruise
Full description
Board your vessel in Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as you glide out through the islands. Cruise along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. 

The natural sculpture was created from centuries of sea and wind erosion, and is one of the most popular attractions in New Zealand. Admire the sheer rock walls that soar above you. According to Maori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen.

If conditions permit, hold your breath as your skipper expertly navigates the ship through the narrow space. If you get dripped on, consider yourself lucky!

Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life. Your friendly crew has years of experience locating dolphins in these waters.

Cruise in comfort aboard the Dolphin Seeker with indoor and outdoor seating plus the largest outdoor viewing decks in the Bay of Islands. Bring your own food or purchase some of the delicious hot and cold food available on board.

The purpose-built catamaran is also licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin viewing.
  • 4-hour scenic cruise
  • Engaging and informative commentary in English
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Large outdoor viewing deck
  • Dolphin and Hole in the Rock viewing
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof camera
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Jacket
Know before you go
• You are welcome to bring your own food. There is also hot and cold food available for purchase on board.
• In the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful in viewing dolphins or whales on your trip, a 'go again for free' voucher for another Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise will be provided and is valid for life (conditions apply)
• This tour operator is licensed by the Department of Conservation to view marine mammals, including Bottlenose Dolphins

From US$ 86.22 per person

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Product ID: 21028