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  1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia
  4. Piercy Island

Bay of Islands: Hole in the Rock Cruise & Island Stop-Over

Product ID: 175137
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Discover the stunning Bay of Islands and the Hole in the Rock on a scenic 4.5 to 5-hour cruise. Enjoy a 90-minute island stop-over to swim, walk, and relax and savor a delicious island barbecue buffet.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 - 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover some of the 144 stunning islands in the Bay of Islands on a scenic cruise
  • Journey to the iconic Hole in the Rock and if weather permits, sail through it
  • Listen to entertaining live commentary from your local Nature Guide and keep a lookout for dolphins, whales, or orcas
  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour island stop-over and walk, swim, paddle board, kayak or relax
  • Savor a scrumptious island BBQ lunch or dinner
Full description
Set off on a scenic 4.5 to 5-hour cruise to discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery and encounter diverse wildlife in an area soaked in rich culture and history.

Board the black and yellow power cat at Paihia Wharf and be welcomed aboard by the friendly crew. Your crew will deliver a full safety briefing and overview of the trip. Cruise among the 144 islands and enjoy entertaining live commentary from your local knowledgeable skipper. Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, you can even travel through it. Spot local wildlife including dolphins, birds, seals and even the occasional whale with a success rate of over 90%.

Your trip will also include a 1.5-hour island stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Enjoy free time to explore the island. If you wish, you can hire kayaks, or paddleboards (available during summer only) or just relax on the beach. Savor a scrumptious island BBQ buffet. You can also choose to extend your stay on the island and return on a later ferry (only available during summer).
  • 4.5 to 5-hour scenic cruise
  • Live commentary in English
  • 1.5-hour island stop-over at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island
  • BBQ buffet lunch or dinner
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drink

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Important information
Know before you go
• A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation
• There are snacks and drinks available for purchase on board the vessel
• From December - April: on the day, you can opt to extend your time on the island (subject to availability) and there is also the option to hire paddleboards and kayaks
• Pick-up can be arranged from Russell Wharf subject to availability; please contact the local operator after booking to coordinate
• The activity requires minimum numbers to operate, in the unlikely even these are not met, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.9 / 5
based on 15 reviews
Review summary
Value for money

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Explore Group New Zealand

Product ID: 175137