Bay of Islands Nature Cruise | Dolphin Cruise To The Hole In The Rock

Bay of Islands Nature Cruise | Dolphin Cruise To The Hole In The Rock

Cruise amongst 144 islands abundant in marine life and see the natural wonder at the 'Hole in the Rock'. Designed for nature lovers, this adventure begins when you step onboard our luxury "Dolphin Seeker" catamaran in the Bay of Islands. As we depart we take a short cruise across the Bay to pick up passengers from historic Russell before heading out into the clear waters of the beautiful Bay of Islands. On our way to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, we look out for the playful dolphins. Bottlenose and common dolphins take great delight in gliding alongside the catamaran and showing off their acrobatic flips! Keep a look out for orca whales, penguins, dolphins, seals and bird life.

As we cruise back to Paihia we pass several remote islands, fringed with golden sandy beaches and decorated with red-flowering pohutukawa trees during the summer months. If you wish to spend some time in Russell before or after your cruise, you can disembark here and catch the ferry back to Paihia at your leisure (own expense).

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Bay of Islands to Bay of Islands
Duration: 1/2 Day
Tour Code: GSKBA


Luxury catamaran cruise to Hole in the Rock, Grand Cathedral Cave & Cape Brett Lighthouse
A full commentary provided in English by the skipper and crew
Hot and cold drinks and light snacks are available for purchase on board

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Paihia, the wharf, next to the Maritime Building
  • Departure Time: 9:00am or 1:30pm from Paihia wharf. Report 20 minutes prior to departure
  • Duration: 3 hours (approximate)
  • Return Details: Concludes at original point of departure
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • In the unlikely event we are unsuccessful in viewing dolphins or whales on your trip, we will offer you a ‘go again for free’ voucher for another Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock (valid for three months, subject to availability)
  • Bring a sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, jacket, and a camera
  • Hot and cold drinks and light snacks are available for purchase on board
  • Cruise includes a comprehensive commentary in English from the skipper/crew. Printed guide sheets are available in the following languages: German Japanese Spanish Mandarin

Tourism Affiliations

Qualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Enviro Silver


There are 9 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Great tour, great people, great experience. 10/10
Overall Tour Rating

We saw a pod of common dolphins which was a first for me & we went through the hole in the rock which was another first for me & quite exciting. This was an excellent trip with an informative, but also funny & slightly tongue in cheek, commentary from the captain(?) of The Dolphin Seeker (our boat/ship). The weather was good & the sea was calm but for a slight swell - this was good for me as I'm no sailor & have suffered from sea sickness in the past. No such worries here & it was fantastic when the dolphins appeared. These are wild animals and there is no guarantee that you will see any so I'm glad we found some. They're beautiful animals and as I say, I'm made up that I've finally seen some in the wild (it's a tick off my bucket list). All the staff were excellent - very friendly & welcoming & very attentive to those passengers who did, unfortunately, get ill. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this trip. An added bonus was the free ferry ticket home from Russell. In a word - SUPERB :)
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The Dolphin Seeker tour was excellent. Not only did we see the beautiful Bay of Islands, get a chance to spend time on an island - we also saw frolicking dolphins. The best!
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A thoroughly enjoyable tour from start to finish. Very friendly and competent operators. The ships captain was very skillfully in maneuvering the big cat into the Hole in the Rock as far as was safe and the Helicopter pilot was a very good pilot. Both kept everyone informed with ongoing commentary throughout the tour. A special thanks for Toni as well who was our tour co-coordinator. A highly recommended tour company.
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Very well organised very informative narrative. All in all a great experience.
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Hole in the rock cruise was well organized with informative captain and crew, clear PA, stunning scenery, would recommend to anyone.
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Great afternoon on the water. The crew were exceptional, very friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this tour and do it again.
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Very relaxing and informative.
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Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Fullers who, with a great smile changed us over to the booking on the 28th December when I had actually booked for the 29th!! I can think of many excuses for turning up on the wrong day but they welcomed us graciously and made the change of dates without ANY dramas. Thank you heaps! The trip itself was wonderful with many stops to view the dolphins and other tours swimming with the dolphins. What a beautiful part of the world and couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Conditions onboard were great with an informative and amusing description of our tour. Detailed maps of the tour are available free on board. A great half day tour with refreshements available on board - well worth the trip. Don't park in normal parking as fines will be applied - and get in early for the longer term parking behind the shops. When we got back from our morning tour the parking lot was full!!!
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Bay of Islands Nature Cruise | Dolphin Cruise To The Hole In The Rock
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Tour Code: GSKBA
From (NZD) $104 per person
9 reviews (4.7/5)

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