Hole in the Rock Cruise and Waitangi Day Tour from Auckland

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Hole in the Rock Cruise and Waitangi Day Tour from Auckland
from AUD $339.68
Join us for the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands - the Hole in the Rock cruise. Climb aboard a catamaran before venturing out to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.
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In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
10 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: GreatSights, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

Check in area for those not needing a hotel pick up.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Bay of Islands, 5070984, Russell, New Zealand

Starting in Auckland, travel north on one of GreatSights' comfortable and air conditioned deluxe coaches. Sit back and relax as Northland's spectacular scenery passes by your window.

After arriving in Paihia, you'll board the Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built catamaran licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin and whale viewing. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. 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.

Pass By: Cape Brett Lighthouse, Rawhiti 0184, New Zealand

Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. If conditions permit, your skipper will navigate right through the narrow space before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay

Stop At: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, 1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia New Zealand

guided tour of 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 New Zealand'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 New Zealand.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free WiFi
  • Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" cruise & dolphin viewing
  • Picnic lunch (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Entry/Admission - Waitangi Treaty Grounds


  • Drinks

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Departure Point

102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick ups need to be requested at least 24 hours prior.

Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm - Toll free within NZ 0800744487

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions.
  • The traveling time between Auckland and the Bay of Islands is approximately 4 hours each way.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 3.75 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A well organized day tour with prompt pick up, most comfortable modern bus and efficient transfer between bus and boat. The tour company really demonstrated its experience, everything worked like a well oiled machine. Not being able to actually sail through the hole in the rock was understood by everybody as rough sea conditions made it too dangerous. Our captain however brought us close to the rocks and the opening so we could appreciate their majestic size. Overall, a long but excellent day.
• Submitted 22 Mar 2017
Unforgettable tour.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2017
Excellent tour run by Great Sights, our driver Ben took us on a couple of extra stops as all the passengers were good with the time keeping and getting on the bus on time. The Treaty Grounds was an excellent introduction to the Moari history and traditions. The Cruise also was excellent, we saw many Dolphins and we were lucky enough to be able to go through the Hole in the Rock.
• Submitted 07 Dec 2015
Outstanding tour. Highly recommended. Coach driver gave great description of the sights.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2013
Good pick up service and return from/to the hotel. Excellent commentary throughout the whole day. Provided lunch was appetizing and a change from the usual sandwiches. The cruise was out of this world and to see so many dolphins following the boat was amazing. The technical ability of the boat crew to enable us to pass through the 'Hole in the Rock' was great. Excellent day
• Submitted 29 Mar 2011
This is a must-do tour if you visit New Zealand! We had a funny and courteous bus driver who gave us a lot of info on NZ history, especially on the Maori influence. There were several interesting stops to cafes, a maori tree farm, the Waitomo Treaty Grounds were amazing in detail, sculpture, and history. My two children ages 11 and 9 really got a kick of the Maori war canoe; the largest one in NZ! Then we saw the most stunning water scenery you can imagine, including dolphins and seals, and went through the hole in the rock. Overall this was an A+ tour, a very memorable experience for all.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2009
The boat trip thru the Bay of Islands is wonderful. If the seas are calm you will travel thru the hole in the rock we were not able to, but still worth the trip. But there are a few things to keep in mind. The drive from Auckland to the Bay of Islands is almost 4 hours long so you will spend about 8 hours of the day sitting on the bus. The tour is advertised as approximately 10 hours because of the distances involved, it is actually much longer than that closer to 15 hours. We missed a dinner reservation because of this. Finally, the seas within the Bay of Islands are usually calm, but the ride out to the Hole in the Rock can be quite rough. If you're sitting on deck, chances are you will get wet possibly very wet from ocean spray, which is something to keep in mind for that 4 hour return trip to Auckland.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
Beautiful tour, well worth the money. I would however skipped the meal option if I were to return.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
Long day and they mix some tours together so it gets crowded and a little confusing on the bus. However, the boat trip was great and we were able to cruise through the Hole in the Rock very light winds that day. Only saw one dolphin beautiful but the people who signed up to swim with the dolphins couldn't go government regulations require at least two so they don't feel uncomfortable. The tour on the Maori canoe was great! Nice little gift shop at the boat dock had some really good prices. I would give it a five but they must have forgot to pick us up so they sent cabs for us and we made the bus just fine in the end. At the end they put you on a smaller bus to go to the hotel which was fine.
• Submitted 17 May 2017
We recommend package tours like these because it saves you the trouble of driving out to remote locations and arranging the boats on your own. About the tour: The driver was absolutely amazing! The boat portion of the tour was slightly crowded, so it was difficult to secure great outdoor seats. Besides the actual Hole in the Rock, parts of the cape tour were a bit slow -- it was mostly waiting around to get to the good parts. However, the boat crew were complete pros! As with any outdoor tour in NZ, you need to remember that visibility is VERY dependent on the weather. Be sure to bring rain gear and expect cool temps, even in summer.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2017
Very nice! We met dolphin! A little bit disappointment is we didn't cross the hole boz the sea surface condition of that day was not very good. I really deeply felt the emotions of the water!
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
I really enjoyed the trip it's a chance to view the scenery on the long journey north. Our coach driver Kenny was full of info n facts n figures. The cruise from Pahia is lovely, dolphins swam right by the boat. We were taken so close to the hole on a rough day and it was Majestic. The Bay is Magic.
• Submitted 30 Nov 2012
Our skipper managed to get us through the Hole in the Rock, great day out.
• Submitted 29 Jan 2010
• Submitted 27 May 2010
An awesome trip. We got to go through the Hole in the Rock, and Bay of Islands is strikingly beautiful. Also great was the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where we learned tons about Maori & NZ history. I went with my two kids, and we really had a blast. Definitely worth doing!
• Submitted 09 Jan 2010
We had very bad weather yet we enjoyed the whole experience. The guide at the treaty house was brilliant. Our bus driver was very special.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2009
The length of the bus ride round trip was way too much for the actual tour. Suggest staying overnight in area and see other things as well. Driver was knowledgeable.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
Because of the weather we cruised the islands but could not go out to Cape Brett or the Hole in the Rock - unavoidable but understandable. The issue was that there were people from multiple tours to the area on the same coach up and back. That created an incredible amount of confusion about who was to be where when. The tour at Waitangi was very good but cut short due to the need to get back for the boat ride. Altogether it was a very long coach ride for a so so excursion.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
Брали круиз Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" с забором из Окленда от компании GreatSights. Ехали большой группой на большом автобусе. Путевые комментарии водителя-гида были достаточно скучными и монотонными, по дороге автобус несколько раз норовил сломаться, так что, видимо, всё внимание водителя-гида было сфокусировано на том, как бы довезти всех до цели :-) Экскурсия включала посещение Трити-Хауза и, собственно, сам круиз. Круиз на катамаране нам не очень понравился - ничего особенного - разные по краскам, растительности и форме острова, да и проход через "Врата в скале" не сильно впечатлил... Гораздо больше нам понравилась экскурсия по территории Waitangi, которую вела местная экскурсовод - коренная маори. Очень живо, активно, с шутками, занимательными фактами. Помимо всего, она ещё и продемонстрировала искусство горлового пения, развитое у маори. Да и сама территория Waitangi очень живописна - зеленые лужайки, столетние деревья, окруженные чащей тропического леса с протекающим ручьем. Обязательно стоит осмотреть боевые каное маори и посетить Дом собраний маори (Te whare runanga) с маорийской настенной резьбой. Мы рекомендуем обязательно посетить Waitangi, но заменить круиз Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" на что-нибудь другое более интересное.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2014
Great trip, lovely scenery. Would have liked better location for morning tea, and a bit more time on the way back to buy some food for dinner. Guide was informative and the Treaty site and guide was just AMAZING. Driver drove way too fast on mountain roads, was a bit hairy!!!
• Submitted 01 Aug 2013
Not happy at all
• Submitted 24 Mar 2017
The ride to the Bay of Islands is nice! The actual boat ride is long and boring as you just are on a catamaran looking at the various islands. We did not see dolphins. The only exciting part was going though the hole in the rock. Also, bring your own lunch! It is not worth it to include an extra 20 NZ dollars for lunch because you have time to purchase lunch before the boat leaves. Please notice that you will not have time to swim in the water.
• Submitted 03 Jun 2010
Although the bay of islands was beautiful I thought the tour was okay for the price we paid for the tour. It didn't offer as much to do as the other trips offered.
• Submitted 03 Jun 2010
Unable to do Hole in the Rock due to bad weather.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2009

In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
10 hours

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