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. If conditions permit, grab a wetsuit and snorkel and join the dolphins for a swim (additional $15 per person).
Stop off at picturesque Urupukapuka Island and relax on the beach, or walk to the top of the island to enjoy 360° views of this beautiful region before we make our way back to port. As part of your cruise we offer a free ferry ticket so you can explore Paihia or Russell at your leisure.
Dolphin Eco Experience
Dolphins are fascinating creatures, and in the Bay of Islands we are blessed with their presence all year round. This eco cruise gives you the chance to get into the water and swim with dolphins as they play in their natural environment (conditions permitting). You’ll also cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay and gain an insight into this historically significant region.
This intimate half-day cruise seeks out the many playful dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. We often see bottlenose and common dolphins, baleen whales, orca, seals, fish, penguins and other sea and bird life.
Our experienced crew have specialist knowledge of dolphin behaviour – join them in searching for those tell-tale splashes from our purpose-built dolphin watching boat Tutunui.
With Tutunui’s low viewing deck, water jet engines and underwater microphone, and a maximum number of 35 passengers on board, you’re guaranteed an up close and personal experience. Jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these graceful and inquisitive creatures – it’ll be an experience you will never forget!
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, followed by a spot of wine tasting at Ake Ake Vineyard.
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.