Hole in the Rock Cruise
This breathtaking journey through the Bay of Island's beautiful seascape sails the routes typically enjoyed by dolphins and other marine life. If the chance presents, dive in and swim with the dolphins before navigating to the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. This Bay of Islands tour is the ideal for nature lovers, photographers, and newcomers to New Zealand. Tour in style for a great affordable price.
Upon boarding the Dolphin Seeker catamaran, your licensed skipper will provide insights to maximize your voyage. While traveling around the Bay of Islands, all eyes will be peeled looking for dolphins that routinely swim the route. Plus, there is ample indoor and outdoor seating, providing great views.
When the dolphins are located (not guaranteed), you'll be able to grab a snorkel and wetsuit to join them for an incredible swim (for an additional fee). The next leg brings you to the pleasant shores of Urupukapuka Island. Relax on the idyllic beach, or hike up to the island's crest for stellar 360 degree views of the region.
Then you'll navigate toward Motukokako Island. This Maori freehold land for Maori descendants is home to the legendary 'Hole in the Wall.' This sea level, 60-foot hole-in-a-rock formation was created ages ago by the wind and waves.
If the tide and weather cooperate, the Dolphin Seeker will sail through the Hole. And Maori legend states that when traveling beneath it, good luck comes to a person if a water drop falls from the cave's roof onto them.
This memorable Paihia tour provides a nautical adventure like none other. A complimentary ferry ticket to Russell or Paihia is also included. Book today for an unforgettable shore excursion.
Enjoyed the ride through the bay and to the Hole in the Wall. It was a beautiful day but the seas didn't allow us to go through the hole - no big deal. Thought we would land on an island for a short while, but the tour lasted as long as stated as it was. We almost missed the tour because our cruise tender went to Waitangi, and we then had to catch a shuttle to Paihia where the tour was departing. Five minutes to spare, so keep that in mind if arriving on a cruise ship.
Reviewer: Mitch Blaesing
The ship was big , the sea was rough, but the views were great, saw dolphin and birds. The day could have been a bit nicer. Sailing thru the hole was very cool.
This was the first shore excursion booked off ship, however would not hesitate to do so again. Good savings.