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This is the most popular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, and for good reason! Board your cruise in Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

According to Māori 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!

Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action. Our purpose-built catamaran is licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin viewing and our crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters. Please note that during our morning cruise we are permitted to interact with common dolphins only.

Cruises include an island stopover at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Stroll along the white sand beach, or walk to the top of the hill for scenic views over the entire Bay of Islands. On our morning cruise you can choose our free island extension – stay longer, explore the island’s walking trails and beautiful beaches, and return with us in the afternoon. 

Dolphin and whale viewing
Cruise around the Bay of Islands
See the Hole in the Rock
Island stopover at Otehei Bay
Informative commentary
Friendly, local crew

Hole in the Rock Cruise

4 Hours

$299 NZD

Cruise the stunning Bay of Islands Waterways, passing countless Islands on your way to the famous Hole in the Rock, where, weather permitting, you’ll cruise through the gap!

Experience provided by

Fullers Greatsights

Important Information
  • DEPARTS FROM: Paihia Wharf or Russell Wharf
  • BRING: Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera.
  • HEAR: A full commentary is provided by your skipper.
  • EAT: You can buy hot and cold drinks and limited snacks on board, or grab a meal at the cafe on Urupukapuka Island. Limited menu available in winter.
  • GOOD TO KNOW: Interacting with common and bottlenose dolphins, orca, whales and other marine mammals is subject to DOC regulations.


Paihia 9:00 am 12:50 pm
Russell 9:10 am 1:00 pm
Paihia 1:30 pm 5:30 pm
Russell 1:40 pm 5:20 pm
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