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Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise | Explore NZ

Discover the Bay of Islands and the Hole in the Rock on a premium cruise and experience the very best of the Bay of Islands. With a Nature Guide on board, discover new facts and stories as you interact with marine life.

Hole in the Rock Cruise Activity Options

Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise

  • The local Expert Nature Guide will provide an entertaining story and full commentary of the area
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise among the 144 islands in safe hands of an experienced skipper.
  • Lifetime Marine Mammal Viewing Guarantee – we guarantee viewing marine mammals, including dolphins, whales and orca over 90% of the time
  • Explore the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, travel through it!
  • Find an adventure on the island escape, a walk, paddle board, kayak, swim and so much more!
  • Sample a scrumptious Island Lunch (9am departure) or enjoy an Island Dinner (2pm departure)
  • Visit the Conservation Centre and learn about Explore NZ’s efforts with island conservation.
  • Reduced capacity – smaller groups, better comfort, superior viewing and photo opportunities

Bay of Islands Twin Tour

  • Don’t compromise. Combine both the Discover the Bay Cruise and Dune Rider!

More Information on the Hole in the Rock Cruise


  • Discover the Bay Cruise departs at 9 am and 2.00 pm daily


  • Discover the Bay Cruise: 4.5 hours

Other Information

  • Explore NZ offers a lifetime dolphin viewing guarantee on their Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise


Corner of Marsden and Williams Roads, Paihia, Bay of Islands. Trips depart from the Wharf, Pier to your left (yellow and black boats), in Paihia, directly opposite the Explore NZ office.

Book the Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise

Book this Bay of Islands cruise individually or as part of one of our North Island holiday packages. We bundle together activities, accommodation, and transportation for top-rated, affordable, convenient New Zealand holidays.

Many of our itineraries include a visit to the Bay of Islands. The following top-rated tours include the Discover the Bay Cruise:

Contact us today to plan your Bay of Islands visit.

Tour Prices

* All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars

* Children: 5-15 years, under 5 years are free

* Select item(s) above and submit with your other New Zealand accommodation, activity and transport needs. A travel consultant will contact you in less than 12 hours with availability and best available price. Upon your approval and payment you will then receive confirmation.


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