Hole In The Rock Cruise And Waitangi Day Tour From Auckland

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:15 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    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 earlie.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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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  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Join us on this tour from Auckland to escape the city and experience one of the best things to do in New Zealand's North Island. Soak up the views as you head north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge into the rural and coastal roads en route to the Bay of islands. Upon arrival in the Bay, you'll have the chance to learn about Mori culture in New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds, visit a traditional marae (Mori meeting house) and see a waka (war canoe).
The adventure continues by sea as you climb aboard a sightseeing cruise and journey through the sheltered waters of the Bay of islands. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and other marine life.
Cruise past the remote Cape Brett lighthouse before arriving at the Hole in the Rock where you'll have the chance to admire the natural landmark as your skipper navigates through the narrow space (weather and ocean conditions permitting).
After an incredible Bay of Islands cruise, your bus will take you back to your hotel in Auckland.


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)



Additional Info

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

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  • 14-Mar-2018

    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.

  • 25-Feb-2018

    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.

  • 11-Jan-2018

    Beautiful tour, well worth the money. I would however skipped the meal option if I were to return.

  • 23-Oct-2017

    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.

  • 17-May-2017

    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.

  • 24-Mar-2017

    Not happy at all

  • 22-Mar-2017

    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.

  • 20-Feb-2017

    Unforgettable tour.

  • 30-Jan-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.

  • 07-Dec-2015

    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.

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