HOLE IN THE ROCK DOLPHIN CRUISE
Allow 3 hrs
departs at 1.40pm from Russell Wharf
Be sure to take a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera
Set off on a three-hour Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life.
Enjoy the views from the shared catamaran; Dolphin Seeker as you journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.
Board your cruise in Russell and take in the stunning views as you glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’.
According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space... and if you get dripped on, consider yourself lucky!
Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action. Our purpose-built catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and our crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters.
Hot or cold food is available on board. Alternatively the team at Paroa Bay can pack you a lunch and drop this off at your villa before you depart on your cruise!