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Paihia: Glass Bottom Boat Tour to the Hole in the Rock

Paihia: Glass Bottom Boat Tour to the Hole in the Rock

From US$ 66.43 per person

Have fun with the whole family in a glass bottom boat. Explore some of bay's most beautiful spots on this 2.5-hour tour.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


  • Sail through Hole in the Rock – an impressive natural tunnel
  • Pass golden beaches, dramatic cliffs, and secluded coves
  • Feed the fish and watch them through the boat's glass bottom
  • Enjoy a fun excursion that's suitable for the whole family
Full description

Explore one of the most popular tourist destinations on New Zealand's North Island the way it's meant to be enjoyed – from the water. See golden beaches, secluded coves, and colorful fish on this boat tour.

The tour leaves from the Main Wharf in Paihia and takes you to the Hole in the Rock. If weather conditions allow, your captain will take you right through this natural tunnel.

Admire the views in Deep Water Cove and sail through the Okahu Passage. The last stop is at Otehei Bay where the boat's floor is lifted to reveal the blue water below. Feed the fish and admire them through the boat's glass floor.

  • Boat tour
  • Food for the fish
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please come to the Bay of Islands Adventures Office on the main Wharf.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 38 reviews

Review summary

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We had a fabulous trip on the glass bottom boat and highly recommend it! Our guide Geoff was very informative and provided a wealth of stories about the related sites. Seeing the various islands (we couldn't count them all!!) was most interesting as they are all a bit different. The sights included the lighthouse bay, hole in the rock and we stopped at the Zane Grey jetty to feed the fish. It was a wonderful afternoon, thank you!

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December 16, 2022

The experience was no doubt enhanced by the weather which let us pass through the hole in the rock, but the total experience was first class. From the information received after booking on line to the people involved and the quality of the boat and equipment, we knew we were with an experienced crew. The scenery on the way was dramatic and the fish we saw through the glass bottom of the boat were amazing. We would recommend as a very worthwhile experience.

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December 8, 2022

Jeff our skipper was so informative and very professional in ensuring we had the best experience out on the water keeping things safe whilst doing so. We had an amazing 2 1/2 hours, blessed with fine weather and calm seas and got to go through the “hole” - was all amazing! We got dropped off at Russell later too!

December 4, 2022

Product ID: 428683