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

from Auckland
Book online or call: 0800 744 487 or +64 9 583 5790

from $270 NZD

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  • 12 hours 40 minutes
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
  • Offered in: English and 3 more


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Starting in Auckland, travel north on one of GreatSights’ comfortable and air-conditioned deluxe coaches on this Bay of Islands day tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy the informative commentary as you cross the iconic Harbour Bridge, and soak up New Zealand’s spectacular scenery of rural countryside and sub-tropical bush en route to the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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.

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.

Optional Extras

Add a 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. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds offer a truly unique insight into New Zealand’s early history.

What's Included

  • Bay of Islands dolphin watching cruise
  • Travel to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'
  • Free WiFi and USB charging docks on board
  • Comfortable leather reclining seats
  • Guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds (optional extra)


  • 7:30 am
    Coach departs SkyCity terminal
  • 11:40 am
    Coach arrives in Paihia
  • 1:30 pm
    Hole in the Rock cruise departs
  • 4:20 pm
    Hole in the Rock cruise returns
  • 4:30 pm
    Coach departs Paihia
  • 8:10 pm
    Coach arrives at SkyCity terminal

Hotel Pickup/Drop-off

Available from selected inner-city hotels.

Additional Info

A picnic lunch is available on this tour (extra cost applies). Lunches must be pre-booked by 6pm the day before travel.

Lunch Options

  • Bay of Islands Vegetarian picnic lunch: a delectable falafel salad with accompanying snacks
  • Bay of Islands Chicken picnic lunch: a delicious chicken salad with accompanying snacks

Cancellation Policy

Change or cancel your booking FREE up to 2 hours before departure.


0800 744 487

International Calls: +64 9 583 5790Our contact centre is open 6.30am-8pm daily (NZDT).

Reference tour code: GS9NW

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