Bay of Islands with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Make your way to the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Islands and cruise its sheltered waters as you seek to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales and other local marine life.
Your trip will begin in Auckland and you will travel north on one of the comfortable and air-conditioned deluxe coaches from GreatSights. As you sit back and relax, you will be entertained by the informative commentary delivered by your guide while enjoying the views along the way. This trip will take you along the Harbour Bridge and along the stunning rural countryside landscape as well as the sub-tropical bush on your way to the Bay of Islands.
When you arrive in Paihia, you will hop aboard our purpose built catamaran, the Dolphin Seeker, which is licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin and whale viewing. Take full advantage of the large outdoor viewing decks as you cruise by the islands of the Bay. Keep your eyes open for bottlenose and common dolphins, whales and other local marine life. Our skilled skippers will do everything they can to get to as close to the action as possible.
The cruise will take you past the Cape Brett Lighthouse and on to the amazing Hole in the Rock. Take the time to appreciate the rock walls that tower above you and, weather conditions permitting, your skipper will skilfully guide you through the narrow space before returning to the inner islands of the Bay.
A guided tour of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds can be arranged. These are the very grounds where the Maori and British Crown signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. You will also be able to explore the original Treaty House which is one of the most visited and oldest historic homes in New Zealand. A visit to Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori meeting house which represents all Iwi (regional tribes) in New Zealand, is also included. This optional extra is a wonderful way of really getting in touch with the early history of the area and the country in general.
A picnic lunch is available on this tour and an extra cost applies. Pre-booking of lunches must be done by no later than 6pm the day before travel.
Tour Details & Highlights
- Full day tour
- Operates daily
- Departs and returns: Sky City Coach Terminal
- Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off available
- Return coach travel from Auckland
- Bay of Islands dolphin watching cruise
- Travel to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'
- Guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds (optional extra)
- Multilingual options available
- Free WiFi is available on board coaches on this tour