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

Highlights
  • 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
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Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise
From US$ 76.49
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MORNING CRUISEMost Popular
Departs Paihia at 9:00am or Russell at 9:10am
From US$ 78.59
AFTERNOON CRUISE
Departs Paihia at 1:30pm or Russell at 1:40pm
From US$ 76.49
Overview
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 (179)
1 - 5 of 35 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great trip

Had a lovely day out on the cruise. The only disappointment was that the weather wasn't good enough to go through the hole in the rock. Overall a very worthwhile trip

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wendy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dolphins!

We thoroughly enjoyed this catamaran trip around the Bay of Islands. The commentary was very informative and the bonus? We saw two pods of dolphins. One at Cape Brett and the other as we left Paihia jetty and returned to Russell. We were the only...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CherylTom60
FullersGreatSights, Marketing at Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora CherylTom60, How lovely that you saw two pods of dolphins! Thank you for your kind feedback about your trip. All the best for your future travels, Amanda and the team at Fullers GreatSights

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Well worth it!

We accompanied our overseas guests on this trip recently and thought it was a great experience and well enjoyed by all. Added to the enjoyment was the courtesy pick up from our accommodation by a very friendly driver so we didn't have to worry about...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Annaliese62
FullersGreatSights, Marketing at Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Annaliese62, It's fantastic to hear you and your guests enjoyed the cruise and received such interesting information about the region. Good weather is always an added bonus! All the best for your future travels, Amanda and the team at Fullers GreatSights

Reviewed 29 August 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

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Jo1969_12
Reviewed 25 July 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SpeedwellTours
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17 September 2018|
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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
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Hey it is Paihia (Bay if Islands). Thanks
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