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From Paihia or Russell: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

From Paihia or Russell: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

Activity provider: Explore Group New Zealand
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From US$ 83.99 per person

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 dolphins, and enjoy a stop at one of the islands.

About this activity

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Chinese, French, German


  • 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

Embark on a catamaran tour of the Bay of Islands from Paihia or Russell. Enjoy insightful commentary as you visit famous sights, including the "Hole in the Rock" and make a stop at Urupukapuka Island.

Board your vessel in Paihia or Russell and glide out through the islands. Cruise along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse watches over the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. 

The natural sculpture, one of New Zealand's most popular attractions, was created from centuries of sea and wind erosion. According to Maori legend, local warriors paddled through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof were a good omen.

Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the bay. Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales, and other marine life. 

Cruise in comfort aboard the Dolphin Seeker with indoor and outdoor seating and the Bay of Island's largest outdoor viewing decks. Treat yourself to snacks and a licensed bar on board, or enjoy the Otehei Bar Café and Bar on Urupukapuka Island.

  • 4.5-hour scenic cruise
  • Engaging and informative commentary in English
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Large outdoor viewing deck
  • Dolphin and Hole in the Rock viewing
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase onboard)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof camera
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • Snacks and licensed bar are available onboard, or enjoy our menu at the stunningly located Otehei Bar Café and Bar on Urupukapuka Island
  • This tour operator is licensed by the Department of Conservation to view marine mammals, including Bottlenose Dolphins
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 258 reviews

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Really cool trip didn’t get to go through the hole because the water was too rough but got to see it and also saw dolphins. The stop over on the island was cool however there food was lacking in offerings. As I’m pregnant there was a lot of seafood options which were a no no or deep fried / Sandwhich options which sadly were also risky. However everything else made it awesome so would recommend over all.

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April 22, 2022

I absolutely recommend this tour. The whole tour is just beautiful. The Bay of Islands should be seen by boat as you get to see the islands around plus you get to stop in one of them to enjoy drinks or swimming. All the staff were nice and made us have a great time. We loved passing through the hole in the rock and Seeing dolphins was the highlight. We really enjoyed this tour.

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April 10, 2022

On a day with a decent swell in the Pacific, the crew did well to get out to the Hole in the Rock and through it - great feeling! The islands, even on a windy day, were gorgeous. And when you meet a pod of bottle nose dolphins 10 min from the end, rubbing up against the boat and jumping for sheer joy, you know you’ve had a fantastic trip!

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March 26, 2022

Product ID: 21028