Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
Take a half-day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from our catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey around the Bay of Islands right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.
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.
Island Adventurer – Heritage Cruise & Tour
Whalers, sailors, traders and missionaries helped shape the history of New Zealand right here in the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of New Zealand. Board the Island Adventurer from either Paihia or Russell for a trip around the Bay that tells the stories of this stunning region.
Visit Marsden Cross, the site of New Zealand’s first missionary settlement, before cruising up the historic Kerikeri Inlet to the Kerikeri Town Basin.
You’ll have an hour and a half to explore everything the area has to offer: visit the historic Stone Store (included in your tour), take a stroll along the river, experience early Māori life with a visit to Rewa’s Village or Koriripo Pa – or relax and unwind at a riverside café.
Kerikeri is well known for its fresh local produce and was the site of New Zealand’s first vineyard. Board our coach for a visit to the boutique Makana Chocolate Factory where you can sample premium handmade chocolates.
Island Adventurer – Cliffs & Caves Cruise
Get up close and personal with the islands of Ipipiri – the eastern Bay of Islands – from the comfort of Island Adventurer, our 13 metre Naiad boat.
Also known as the four wheel drive of the sea, this highly manoeuvrable vessel can get you up close to the cliffs and caves of the region, including the remarkable Black Rocks – stunning and extremely rare basalt rock formations.
You’ll also explore the caves, lagoons and sheer rock cliffs around Roberton Island (Motuarohia), then land on the beach and walk up to Cook’s lookout for amazing views around the Bay of Islands.
- Bay of Islands Holiday Park
- Baylight Exploration Centre
- Carino Wildlife Cruises
- Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands
- Explore Bay of Islands
- Fullers GreatSights
- Haka Lodge Paihia
- Heritage NZ
- Horse Trek’n
- Kayak Cruises
- Orongo Bay Holiday Park
- Paihia Mountain Bikes
- R Tucker Thompson
- Russell Museum
- Taiamai Tours
- Te Rito Marae
- The Kauri Museum
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- YHA Bay of Islands, Paihia