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Bay of Islands – Hole in the Rock and Dolphin Cruise with Lunch LT53CS



4.5 hours


Up to 7 days

Group Size

90 people




Discover some of the most spectacular scenery that the Bay of Islands has to offer. Enjoy a cruise exploring the Bay with its many stunning islands and marine life. Witness dolphins, whales, and a number of other marine species, as you make your way to famous Hole in the Rock of Motukokako Island on this half day shore excursion from Pahia.

From Paihia, travel from the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett on a bio-fueled catamaran with excellent views of the picturesque islands that make up this coastline. Along the way, you maybe lucky enought to see the friendly common and bottlenose dolphins as well as other local marine life that inhabit these waters. At the end of Cape Brett, view the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. If sea conditions are good, your skipper will take you right through the hole. The vessel has plenty of space for an up-close dolphin encounter as well as other marine. The boat is also fully licensed with a range of drinks and snacks available for purchase.

Your cruises will also include an island stopover at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Stroll along the white sand beach or take the walk to the top of the hill for scenic views over the entire Bay of Islands. On the Island a buffet lunch will be served for your enjoyment. The lunch is included in the cost of this excursion.

Some of the highlights of this tour include..

  • Dolphin/Whale Watching
  • Travel through the world-famous Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting)
  • Cruise and commentary amongst the 144 islands
  • Stopover at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island
  • Buffet Lunch on Urupukapuka Island
  • Encounter marine life in their natural environment
  • Culture and History of the Bay of Islands
  • Travel on a biofuel-powered catamaran designed for comfort, with an abundance of indoor and outdoor seating.

Finally, your vessel will take you back to Pahia, where you can board your return shuttle to the Waitangi Wharf to board your cruise ship.

Tour Commencement Times: 10.00 am Returns : 2.30 pm
Tour Duration 4.5 hours

Please note: Cruise ships come into Waitangi wharf. After disembarking the ship you need to catch the shuttles from Waitangi to Paihia (5 minutes travel time) then report to cruise offices close to the wharf. Full meeting instructions will be sent upon booking.

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Nice Tour

Enjoyed the tour, great scenery. Good option when you visit this area.
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Good Option for the Bay of Islands

Enjoyed the cruise to the Hole in the Rock, very interesting tour and commentary.
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Great Cruise

Really nice comfortable cruise, to the Hole in the Rock, saw a ton of wildlife including dolphins
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  • Lunch - Child($30.00)

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