Hole in the Rock Cruise with Island Stopover

See some of the Bay’s island highlights on this unforgettable cruise

Hole in the Rock Cruise with Island Stopover

Adult ($ nz)


Child ($ nz)



4 hours


Explore the scenic beauty of the Bay on a half-day cruise, including an island visit. During your cruise you’ll make your way through the islands, learning about their history and the wildlife that calls them home.

Tour description

See some of the Bay of Islands’ most scenic highlights on a four-hour cruise around its sheltered waters. Set off from Paihia or Russell and enjoy the scenic views of secluded islands with their white sand beaches and native forest as you cruise past them.

See the Hole in the Rock
Island stopover
Free Russell/Paihia ferry ticket
Informative commentary
Friendly, local crew

During your cruise you’ll travel out along the Cape Brett Peninsula to the historic lighthouse at its end, and see the famous Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island. If conditions permit, your skipper will take the boat right through the hole!

You’ll also spend some time at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island - relax on the beach, head up to the viewing point for a breathtaking outlook, and grab a snack at the island's cafe.

Useful Info


    Paihia Wharf or Russell Wharf

  • BRING:

    Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera.

  • HEAR:

    A full commentary provided by the skipper. Printed multilingual maps available in Chinese, Japanese and German.

  • EAT:

    You can buy cold drinks and snacks on board, or grab a snack at the cafe on Urupukapuka Island.


MORNING Departs Returns
Paihia 8:30 am 12:30 pm
Russell 8:40 am 12:20 pm
AFTERNOON Departs Returns
Paihia 1:30 pm 5:30 pm
Russell 1:40 pm 5:20 pm

Easy Cancellation

Cancel or change your booking any time before 6pm on the day before departure  - no cancellation fees!

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"The captain was extremely knowledgeable and the crew very helpful especially on the roughest stretch. The Hole in the Rock was amazing as was the island visit. Good trip. Stop off at Russell and catch the ferry back!"

Excellent Tour

October 2017
awalsc2, Tripadvisor

"Our captain was great, very informative with a great sense of humour, he gave a good commentary at all the islands we stopped at. The cruise was excellent and going through the Hole in the Rock was an incredible experience."

Great Day Out In The Bay

September 2017
cranslag, Tripadvisor

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