Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Tour Details & Highlights
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.
Adult Regular price
3 hours tour
Cruise around the Bay of Islands
Free ferry ticket
Russell or Paihia
Child Regular price
Dolphin and whale viewing
+ Historic lighthouse at Cape Brett
See the Hole in the Rock
Friendly, local crew
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Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise Tour
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'.

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.
Useful Info
Cancel or change your booking any time before 6pm on the day before departure - no cancellation fees!
Departs from
Paihia Wharf or Russell Wharf
Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera
A full commentary provided by the skipper. 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).
The Beginnings
The Cream Trip + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry

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Join us on board Dolphin Seeker for the best half day in the Bay
About us
Bounty Motel Paihia in the Heart of the Bay of Islands. Easy walking to Shops,Tour Boats. One block back from waterfront.
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10% discount for all GreatSights Tours
100 meters from the ocean
Free unlimited WIFI
Laundry and luggage storage facilities facilities
Paul Rowland
Bounty Motel
Phone: 0800399233
E-mail: stay@bountymotel.co.nz
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