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Bay of Islands Day Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise from Auckland

Explore the picture perfect Bay of Islands and also experience the spectacular 'Hole in the Rock' cruise that takes you in search of dolphins and other marine life.

Starting in Auckland, travel north and enjoy the informative commentary as you cross the iconic Harbour Bridge and soak up New Zealands scenery of rural countryside and sub-tropical bush en route to 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.

The coach then transfers you to Paihia wharf to board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built catamaran with large outdoor viewing decks.

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. Tour concludes at approximately 8.10pm, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence.

Experience Includes

  • Full day tour to the beautiful Bay of Islands.
  • Bay of Islands dolphin watch cruise.
  • Travel through the Famous 'Hole in the Rock'.
  • Guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from centrally located Auckland hotels.
  • Picnic lunch (if option selected).

Experience Excludes

  • Additional refreshments
  • Optional

Departure location

Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland.

Start times

7.30am. Hotel pick-ups start up to 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time.


Around 12-13 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • 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.