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Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise

  • 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
Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise
From US$74.55
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Departs Paihia at 9:00am or Russell at 9:10am
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Departs Paihia at 1:30pm or Russell at 1:40pm
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On this half-day Bay of Islands catamaran tour, cruise through the famous “Hole in the Rock.” Relax while your captain expertly navigates the islands, secluded beaches, and rocky promontories. Look for dolphins, penguins, and sea birds en route to Motukokako Island and the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Learn about the area’s Maori heritage along the way. Optionally disembark in Paihia or Russell, and then use your ferry ticket to return to your departure point.
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.
Reviews (176)
1 - 5 of 32 reviews
Reviewed August 28, 2018
A great morning's cruise

We went on a cruise to the Hole In The Rock earlier this month. The weather was really rough, so we didn't get to go through the hole, but you cannot predict this. Also no dolphins to be seen due to the weather. It was...More

3  Thank Jo1969_12
Reviewed July 25, 2018
26 Chinese travellers.

Pity the weather saw us not get through the Hole in the Rock, but once again for my client.Weather permitting, i understand. but a great trip anyway.

Thank SpeedwellTours
Reviewed May 6, 2018
A fantastic half day cruise

No visit to the magnificent Bay of Islands would be complete without a cruise to see the Islands and surrounding scenery and this one is top of the list. Our receptionist at the Anchorage Motel offered to book us for the next morning cruise which...More

5  Thank johnt673
Reviewed April 12, 2018
the HOLE 3hrs Enjoyed

What can we say a gr8 trip had, Great weather accompanied us on our cruise through the bays then out in the open stretches to Cape Brett , Not even once we went down to the refreshment bar below top deck, Experienced dolphin pods, Blueish...More

4  Thank chrisnjulez
Reviewed April 12, 2018
Amazing Trip

Paihia is a beautiful town and we went through a tour company for the cruise. The weather was beautiful and the cruise was amazing. It was calm and there was plenty of spaces on the cruise so not too crowded. We got to see loads...More

1  Thank Charlottef23
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September 17, 2018|
Response from johnt673 | Reviewed this property |
The cruise we went on departed Paihia and picked up passengers at Russell Island then returned via Russell Island to Paihia. We stopped on Russell Island for lunch on the return journey and took a free ferry back to Paihia... More
June 30, 2018|
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Response from Charlottef23 | Reviewed this property |
Hey it is Paihia (Bay if Islands). Thanks
May 9, 2018|
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Response from Trisha826 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry cannot help here.