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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

  • 4.5 star rating: Recommended based on 47 reviews
  • Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Product code: 3910_CB_B
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This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and the many varied island landscapes as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

You will then pass through the famous Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" at Motukokako Island and on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

The crew share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife including Whales, Seals, Dolphins, Penguins, and other sea and bird life.

You'll visit one of the bay's most beautiful islands where you can swim and snorkel or relax on the beach and take in the magic of the island. Choose to stay on the island longer with an optional extension to return at 4:30pm or 5:30pm (NZ$10, payable direct).

Please note, during the winter months (June to October 19), the afternoon departure is approximately 3 hours in duration, returning one hour earlier to Russell and Paihia and does not include a stopover on Urupukapuka Island.

Schedule details

Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock

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Departure Point:
The Maritime Building Paihia
The Strand Wharf

Departure Time:
    • Paihia - 9:00am or 1:30pm
    • Russell - 9:10am or 1:40pm

    Please note:
    During the winter months there is no island stopover on the afternoon Cape Brett cruise so this cruise returns to Paihia at 4:30pm.

Return Details:
The cruise returns to Paihia at 1:00pm (Morning Departure) or 5:30pm (Afternoon Departure). Guests returning to Russell arrive 10 minutes later.

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Departs Paihia at 9:00am or Russell at 9:10am (CBA)

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Departs Paihia at 1:30pm or Russell at 1:40pm (CBP)

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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock

  • Cruise through the mighty "Hole in the Rock"
  • Visual display technology (inside)
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional Nautilus Subsea Adventure
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions.
  • Winter season varies from May to late Sept
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