Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise information and booking

3 - 4 hours
Departs from
The Maritime Building Paihia OR The Strand Wharf
Returns to
The cruise returns to Paihia at 1:00pm (Morning Departure) or 5:30pm (Afternoon Departure). Guests returning to Russell arrive 10 minutes later.
Time of departure
Paihia - 9:00am or 1:30pm Russell - 9:10am or 1:40pm Please note: During the winter months there is no island stopover on the afternoon Cape Brett cruise so this cruise returns to Paihia at 4:30pm.
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Tour description provided by Viator

This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and the many varied island landscapes as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

You will then pass through the famous Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" at Motukokako Island and on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

The crew share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife including Whales, Seals, Dolphins, Penguins, and other sea and bird life.

You'll visit one of the bay's most beautiful islands where you can swim and snorkel or relax on the beach and take in the magic of the island. Choose to stay on the island longer with an optional extension to return at 4:30pm or 5:30pm (NZ$10, payable direct).

Please note, during the winter months (June to October 19), the afternoon departure is approximately 3 hours in duration, returning one hour earlier to Russell and Paihia and does not include a stopover on Urupukapuka Island.

What's included

  • Cruise through the mighty "hole in the rock"
  • Visual display technology (inside)
  • Gst (goods and services tax)

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks
  • Optional nautilus subsea adventure