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Hole in the Rock Scenic Cruise Tour Island Stopover Dolphins

Paihia, New Zealand

From US$96.16

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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    • Air Conditioned Vehicle
    • Beverages and Snacks

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  • Maritime Building 69 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
  • Cass Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • What To Expect

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    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    41 reviews
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    Definitely recommend!
    Emma_M, Jan 2023
    Gorgeous views, a really lovely experience! Staff were awesome. Saw bottlenose dolphins in the distance. 10/10 recommend.
    Do not book if on a cruise
    Michelle_R, Jan 2023
    If you are on a cruise do not book this tour you will not make it. Boat leaves at 8.30am sharp and like us the tender will not get you there on time. Missed the boat by 3mins. Boat will not wait. Thankfully tour Operator put us on a later boat but missed out on the Island stopover. Only got to Hole in the Rock and saw dolphins and that was amazing.
    A great experience
    Alan_W, Jan 2023
    It was a great trip on a perfect day. Very well conducted by Viator . The captain was brilliant and the stopover fantastic.
    Great trip
    Angela_K, Dec 2022
    Really lovely way to see more of the Bay of Islands. We were lucky enough to get to go through the Hole in the Rock, which was great fun. We also had a small pod of dolphins briefly swimming along with our boat. Absolutely magical!
    Great way to see the islands
    JaneS, Dec 2022
    The day we arrived was rainy and windy so going clear out to the hole in the rock was not possible due to safety concerns, which really wasn't a big issue for us. The tour was interesting, thorough and a great way to get a perspective and see the islands closer up. For us, the commentary was a bit too detailed, but I'm sure others appreciated it. The boat was good -- great to be on top, or out of the wind below where you could still see and hear everything. A good tour.
    I have had better cruise tours
    Adrian_N, Dec 2022
    Tour guide was excellent however the tour was lack lustre as the weather was ordinary making photography/scenery poor quality
    Lovely place a d lovely crew.
    Pat_C, Dec 2022
    The beauty of the surroundings, the informative commentary and the lovely crew made it a great experience. The dolphins were a bonus!
    Great afternoon
    Mary_d, Nov 2022
    The weather was great, although too rough to go out to the Hole in the Rock. We were given the option of getting off before we left Paihia, but we stayed, as did most of the travellers. Visited most of the inner islands, and had the bonus of a large pod of dolphins joining us, which was a wonderful sight. Lovely walk on the island, so all in all a great trip.
    Amazing beautiful trip
    Larisa_B, Nov 2022
    Wonderful day with family! Island stopover was great! Had an 1 hr hike over few hills - absolutely stunning views! Pure NZ!
    Sophia_W, Nov 2022
    Super fun! We had some rough water but our captain was willing to take us out to see the hole in the rock. For those of us on the top deck during the rough waters, the crew would come and check on us to make sure we were ok. Overall would recommend!!
    Very nice tour
    BichThuy_D, Oct 2022
    A nice cruise with very nice sights all along, the skipper provided plenty of explanations along the way, and we got to see the dolphins as well. The stopover on the island made for a pretty nice and easy hike among the sheep, with very nice views on top of the hill.
    Day was perfect for being...
    Sandra_R, Oct 2022
    Day was perfect for being on the water. Our captain was friendly and knowledgeable, along with the crew. We saw dolphins and seals, and spectacular scenery. I highly recommend this tour.
    Fabulous tour...must do.
    Kathy_K, Oct 2022
    Fabulous tour. Boat went through Hole in Rock. Urupukapuka Island a nice stop....good food and the walk up hill was the most amazing view. Dolphins came along side the boat. All the islands were beautiful. Our favorite tour of our 18 day cruise...we will be back to NZ after this wonderful tour.
    Great tour
    Karen_S, Oct 2022
    The cruise was amazing. Great commentary from the captain. Views were great too. The hole in the rock was better than I thought it would be. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Go if the weather is good!!
    Christine_P, Oct 2022
    Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and the waters were very rough while the winds and rain blew BUT the captain and crew did a great job of making the best out of it—pack gravol if the weather is poor🤢 Would definitely recommend the tour but it would be best in good weather conditions
    Worst cruise
    Mohammed_G, Oct 2022
    The weather was rough however the cruise went ahead couldn't go thru hole in rock, too windy n cold total waste of money. Cruise shouldn't have gone ahead in that condition
    Prash_D, Oct 2022
    Great tour, even though the weather wasn’t that great, still had a great time going out to see the hole in the rock!
    Great day although the...
    brentmarg2, Oct 2022
    Great day although the weather was not kind to us. Staff were friendly and helpful. Recommended . Beautiful part of New Zealand.
    Bucket List tick
    Grace_B, Oct 2022
    Loved the whole experience but going through the Hole in the Rock was magic. The tour guide/Skipper was very knowledgeable and we learnt so much about the area.
    Great day around the Bay of Islands!
    Lisa_F, Oct 2022
    Amazing tour around the bay of islands. The ferry was bigger than I expected with a lot of people so I loved that the guides turned the boat around often so everyone got a great view. The weather was great and we even got to go through the hole! I loved our stop over at Otehei Bay. The food was not great but the short hike up to some view points was absolutely stunning! Definitely hike up there over eating the food!