Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Half Day Tour

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Highlights & inclusions

Scenic cruising among the 144 islands
Explore the iconic Motukokako and Hole in the Rock
Explore at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island
Encounter diverse wildlife
local Skipper Commentary
Sandy Bay Swimming spot
or 4 payments of $34.50 with more info
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

What you can expect

Discover the spectacular scenery of this New Zealand paradise and learn about the area’s rich culture and history with full commentary from our local skipper. When conditions permit, get up close to the dramatic cliffs at Cape Brett and travel through the iconic Hole in the Rock on Motukōkako.

Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings and keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, birdlife and seals during your cruise.

Your trip will also include a stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation’s Urupukapuka Island. You will have time to explore the island, swim at the sandy bay or enjoy a drink or bite to eat in the sun from our fully licensed café.


What you need to know

  • 3 hour scenic cruising
  • Getting up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock on Motukōkako, when conditions permit
  • Opportunity to view marine mammals including dolphins, whales, seals, birdlife and more
  • 1.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island with the option to extend your stop on morning departure at no extra cost
  • Option to purchase drinks and snacks on board, and meals at Otehei Bay Cafe and Bar during your island stop
  • Explore Group are proud to work in and support the Bay of Islands Marine Mammal Sanctuary in regards to interactions with marine mammals.
  • Departs Paihia at 10:00 am
  • Departs Russell at 10:10 am
  • This experience has a duration of 4.5 hours
Departure Location
  • Ferry departs from Paihia Wharf 7/Russell Wharf/Otehei Bay
What To Bring
  • A warm jacket
  • Flat soled shoes
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Hat
Terms And Conditions
  • Explore Group reserve the right to alter proposed routes or cancel any departure in the interest of passenger safety and/or comfort.
  • All departures are subject to minimum numbers, sea and weather conditions and Explore Group reserves the right to cancel departures in the event that requirements are not met.
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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