Tours & activities by Air New Zealand from Viator

  • Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 - 4 hours (approx.)
From NZD 106.00

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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.

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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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
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.

3 - 4 hours
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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Code: CBA

Departs Paihia at 9:00am or Russell at 9:10am

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Code: CBP

Departs Paihia at 1:30pm or Russell at 1:40pm

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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"
  • Island stopover
  • Food and drinks
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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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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.

Traveler Reviews

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.