Take a half-day cruise in the Bay of Islands in search of dolphins and other marine life.
This is the Bay of Islands’ most popular dolphin viewing trip, and with good reason! Board your cruise at Paihia or Russell and take in the breathtaking vistas as we glide out through the islands and down the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse guards Piercy Island/Motukakako, or as it is more often known, the ‘Hole in the Rock.’
Please note: We can Interact with marine mammals on both am and pm cruises but only with Bottlenose Dolphins on the PM Cruise as per Department of Conservation guidelines
This is the Bay of Islands’ most popular cruise along with dolphin watching. Board your trip at Paihia or Russell and enjoy the breathtaking vistas as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse guards Piercy Island/Motukkako, or as it is more well known, the ‘Hole in the Rock.’
Local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before heading for battle, according to Mori mythology. Water drops from the cave roof above were a sign of good fortune. If the weather permit, your captain will carefully navigate the ship into the tiny gap… and consider yourself fortunate if you get dripped on!
Throughout your trip, keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, and other marine species, and have your camera handy as we bring you up close to the action. The Department of Conservation has approved our purpose-built catamaran for dolphin viewing, and our crew has years of expertise identifying dolphins in these waters. Please keep in mind that we are only authorised to engage with common dolphins on our morning trip.
There is an island stopover at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island included in the cruises. Take a stroll along the white sand beach or climb the hill for panoramic views of the entire Bay of Islands. On our morning cruise, you may choose for a complimentary island extension – stay longer, explore the island’s walking trails and stunning beaches, and then rejoin us in the afternoon.
Our boat features both inside and outdoor seats as well as expansive outdoor viewing decks. On board, you may purchase hot and cold beverages or dine in the fully licenced Otehei Bay Cafe and Bar.
Great value Tour combo Deal- Double Dip Normally $300 per person Both Trips for $240 pp – Child $120 pp
Hole in the Rock + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry Explore the Bay by land and sea over two days, with a cruise and a trip to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Choose either a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay visiting its highlights
More information about Cape Reinga tour from the Bay of Islands HERE:
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