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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$73.27
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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 (183)
1 - 5 of 39 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great fun

We did this tour as an excursion from a cruise ship but I think we got the same experience that anyone booking direct would. This is a really good way to see Bay of Islands. Everyone was friendly and the narration on board was the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lkar
Reviewed 5 days ago
Excellent introduction to the Bay of Islands

the Captain gave a really good commentary, handled the boat well and showed us - in three hours - some of the highlights of the Bay of Islands, which is a stunningly beautiful place. Refreshments on board were well priced, the crew were good with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tom h
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile
Great day!

Weather was on our side and we got to go through the hole in the rock, we also seen lots of dolphins, a baby hammer head shark and a sunfish. Richard the captain was great with his commentary and we really enjoyed the trip!

Thank emmamU3255DH
FullersGreatSights, Marketing at Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora emmamU3255DH, It sounds as though you saw some great wildlife and had an amazing day. Thanks for your feedback for our staff! All the best for your future travels, Amanda and the team at Fullers GreatSights

Reviewed 28 November 2018
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 24 November 2018

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 28 November 2018

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

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17 September 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
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Response from Charlottef23 | Reviewed this property |
Hey it is Paihia (Bay if Islands). Thanks
10 May 2018|
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