Boat cruises from Paihia & Russell along with Jet Ski tours will take you out out to the famous “Hole in the Rock”and for those who are looking for something unique you can even land a helicopter on the top of the island and have a picnic or celebration drink.
Take a half-day or full day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views as you journey around the Bay of Islands right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. (Piercy Island as it was named by James Cook in honour of one of Britains lords of the admiralty).
Majestic in size and sprouting proudly out of the Pacific Ocean It’s an island dominated by its sheer cliffs that rise 148 metres out of the sea and could have been considered just another large rock in the ocean had that same ocean and wind not carved out a spectacular 16m-high hole at its south-western end larger enough for your boat to go through on a calm day
According to Maori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space… and if you get dripped on, consider yourself lucky!
On the way back the boats take a stopover at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island, a chance to walk upto stunning vantage points overlooking the islands of the Bay of Islands, the Explore NZ cruise provide a hearty snack and a chance to relax at the island restaurant/bar for the adventurous kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are available for hire or just grab a beanbag and soak the easy going atmosphere of the island
Climb aboard one of our River Sharks, a Chevy powered V8 Jet Boat and take a thrilling 40 minute ride on the mighty Buller River, race amongst the amazing pink granite rock canyons at up to 85 kph. Charge into the big volume white water Earthquake rapids right in the heart of historic gold mining country. Then get ready when the driver signals for some high speed 360 degree spins. Discover the tranquill clear pools were you can spot for trout and listen to the birdsong , take some photo’s then hang on again for some more action packed adventure.
Our journey takes you through the stunning scenery of the many islands & coves to the iconic landmark the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Weather permitting we cruise through Hole in the Rock and enter ‘Cathedral Cave’ and a chance to take photographs. On this cruise you step ashore at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island where you receive a meal, time to walk upto view points and maybe spend time kayaking or stand up paddle boards or just relax on the beach.
On this tour you will encounter a diverse range of wildlife and the opportunity to meet with local pods of dolphins or other marine mammals such as Whales and Orcas (viewing guarantee). Further out we may encounter seals basking on the rocks, along with an abundance of birdlife.
If you want to see all the highlights of the magnificent Bay of Islands in one day then this is the cruise for you. experiencing the original Fullers Cream Trip, that take in the awesome “Hole in the Rock” step ashore at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island one of the islands secluded coves a chance to take a walk upto one of the many island lookouts that give you 360 degree views over the many islands of the Bay of Islands and on this cruise there is the opportunity to view and swim with dolphins
If you are looking for excitement and adventure, then this trip is for you. Our Bay Bonanza guided Jet Ski tour takes you to experience both the inner and outer islands all the way to the Famous Hole in the Rock, Cathedral caves and Cape Brett lighthouse returning through the inner islands to Urupukapuka for a stop at the Island cafe, then onto Roberton Island overlooking Twin Lagoons as we meander our watery way home back to Paihia we pass Tapeka Point and the seaside settlement of Russell.
Salt Air Helicopter experience is the option to land by helicopter on top of this iconic landmark of ‘Hole in the Rock’
Now you can experience it up close and on foot, landing by helicopter on our newly built helipad on top of the island. You will have a brief stop on the island helipad and viewing platform for those unique photos to be taken!
Surrounded by steep cliffs, over a 148 metres high giving the best vantage point in the Bay of Islands, taking in panoramic views of Cape Brett and its surrounds to the Poor Knights Islands in the South, to the Cavalli Islands in the North and views over the Bay of islands to Paihia and Russell.