Set off on a three-hour Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from our catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.
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 and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’.
Dolphin and whale viewing
Cruise around the Bay of Islands
See the Hole in the Rock
Free Russell/Paihia ferry ticket
Friendly, local crew
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 common and bottlenose 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 DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and our crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters.
Dolphin Seeker has indoor and outdoor seating available, and the largest outdoor viewing decks in the Bay of Islands. Choose to pre-book a picnic lunch, bring your own food, or there is hot and cold food available to buy on board.
Paihia Wharf or Russell Wharf
Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera.
A full commentary is provided by your skipper. A limited number of multi-lingual headsets are available in German, French and Mandarin Chinese. Translators must be pre-booked. Printed multilingual maps available in Chinese, Japanese and German
You can buy hot and cold refreshments on board, or pre-order a picnic lunch for $16pp (afternoon cruise only, pre-orders must be received by 6pm the day before your cruise).
GOOD TO KNOW:
Interacting with dolphins and marine mammals is subject to DOC regulations.
Cancel or change your booking any time before 6pm on the day before departure - no cancellation fees!
"This cruise was simply the best! From start to finish, we thoroughly enjoyed it. The classic Kiwi commentary was funny, informative and genuine, which added to the remarkable scenery... I would not hesitate to book through Fullers GreatSights again."
"What a magnificent way to see the Bay. Boat is comfy. Great commentary, crew is very helpful and polite. The colour of the water is magical. The Hole in the Rock is amazing and the captain moved the boat around so everyone could get the perfect view."
Only way to see the Bay of Islands
"Had an awesome time out on the boat, 3 hour trip with the kids and we saw dolphins, seals and were lucky enough to go through the Hole in the Rock. The crew were great and engaged with the kids. Definitely recommend going on this if you’re able to."
Dolphin/Hole in the Rock
Geri P, Tripadvisor
"What a great cruise. We enjoyed the many sights we stopped at, the kids loved the dolphins, the boat ride and the snacks. The crew were lovely. If we wanted to we could have gotten off at Russell and they would have brought us back later to Paihia on the passenger ferry, complimentary!"
Fun and Family Friendly
Experience more with a great value combo
Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
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Hole in the Rock + Russell Mini Tour + Russell Passenger Ferry