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.
Please note, during the winter months (May 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.
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The Strand Wharf
- Paihia - 9:00am or 1:30pm
- Russell - 9:10am or 1:40pm
During the winter months there is no island stopover on the afternoon Cape Brett cruise so this cruise returns to Paihia at 4:30pm.
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Departs Paihia at 9:00am or Russell at 9:10am
Departs Paihia at 1:30pm or Russell at 1:40pm
Cape Brett Hole in the Rock
- Cruise through the mighty "Hole in the Rock"
- Island stopover
- Food and drinks
- 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
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Lesley C, January 2017
We arrived in Waitangi on a cruise ship and then caught a shuttle bus to the small town of Paihia, where we boarded the boat for a tour of the bay. It was a lovely day and the view across the bay to all the islands was stunning. We first of all stopped at another seaside village called Russell Kororareka before sailing out to the Hole in the Rock on the island of Motukokako. The female skipper and crew were very informative and very professional. She very skillfully sailed through the Hole as the boat narrowly passed through, particularly with the swell of the ocean. Excellent trip, well worth doing, highly recommend this tour.
On the way back we stopped off at Otehei Bay on the island of Urupukapuka and walked up to a high point with amazing views in all directions across the Bay of Islands. We arrived back in Paihia at 1pm and after a brief walk round the town we caught the bus and tender back to the ship. It was a very enjoyable day and well worth doing the boat trip.
Reviewed by: Kathleen S, June 2016
Beautiful and very informative tour. Would highly recommend the tour especially if you only have a short time to visit the area.