Bay of Islands Day Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise from Auckland
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Cruise the Bay of Islands' sheltered waters in search of dolphins, whales and other sea life...
Make the most of this popular day tour from Auckland which explores the picture perfect Bay of Islands and also includes a spectacular dolphin watching cruise and visit to the photogenic and aptly named 'Hole in the Rock'.
Our guide to Bay of Islands Day Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise from Auckland
Starting in Auckland, travel north on one of GreatSights' comfortable and air-conditioned deluxe coaches on this Bay of Islands day tour.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the informative commentary as you cross the iconic Harbour Bridge, and soak up New Zealand's pleasant rural countryside and sub-tropical bush en route to the beautiful Bay of Islands.
After arriving in Paihia, a guided tour takes you through the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori and the British Crown.
Explore the original Treaty House, one of NZ's oldest and most visited historic homes, and the Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori meeting house which is representative of all Iwi (regional tribes) in NZ.
Next, transfer to Paihia wharf to board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built catamaran with large outdoor viewing decks. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as our experienced local skippers get you up close to the action.
Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Admire the rock walls towering above you as the skipper navigates right through the narrow space (conditions permitting) before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.
Picnic Lunch Menu (subject to change):
- Option 1 - Morroccan lamb lunch (Meat): A chicken salad with fresh bread, cake and mixed fruit and nuts eaten on board your cruise.
- Option 2 - Pumpkin Lunch (Vegetarian): A satisfying salad, fresh bread, cake and mixed fruit and nuts make a satisfying and healthy lunch.
7.30am. Hotel pick-ups start up to 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Around 12-13 hours.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Bay of Islands Day Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise from Auckland
- Exact itinerary is subject to change depending on local conditions.
- Dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed.
- Children's fares apply to children aged 5 to 14 years inclusive.
Frequently Asked Questions for Bay of Islands Day Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise from Auckland
- What should I wear?
Suitable outdoor cloting and comfortable walking shoes. Dress according to the weather for that day, and don't forget your camera!