Day Tour in Small Group ex Auckland: Bay of Islands with Hole in the Rock Cruise
Starting in Auckland at 7:30, you’ll arrive in Paihia less than 4 hours later, having enjoyed a great sightseeing journey into Northland on a comfortable air-conditioned minibus. Sit back & enjoy the informative commentary as you cross the iconic Harbour Bridge and pass through some of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery en route to the Bay of Islands. In Paihia you’ll board the ‘Dolphin Seeker’, a purpose-built and DOC-licensed catamaran for dolphin and whale viewing.
It has indoor and outdoor seating & the largest outdoor viewing decks available. Keep an eye out for the dolphins and whales & other marine life & have your camera ready as the experienced local skipper gets you close to the action. Cruise past Cape Brett Lighthouse before arriving at the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. According to Maori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in their canoes before battle & if conditions allow your skipper will guide your ship through, before heading back to port in Paihia.
A group will come back to Auckland in the evening but you may stay in Paihia if you want to explore Bay of Islands further. In this case a driver drop you off at a hotel of your choice.
Prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). The tour is available 365 days a year.
The tour is in a small group of 6-11 people. It starts at 7:30 and finishes at 20:00. Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off are available.
All admissions according to the itinerary are included in the cost.
Total duration of the tour
12 hours 30 minutes
100% cancellation fee apply if you cancel the tour within 72 hours before the tour
Pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship.