How to Plan Your Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise Tour from Paihia or Russell
If you’re visiting Paihia or Russell, one of the most enjoyable things to do is to experience the beautiful Bay of Islands. Embark on a catamaran tour and witness the stunning marine life including dolphins and whales. Here’s how to plan your Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise tour in Paihia.
Step 1: Book Your Tour
Before anything else, book your tour at least a day before your preferred date to secure your spot. You can book your tour through GetYourGuide’s website, a trusted booking platform, by clicking on book the tour here. Make sure to choose the time and date that works for you.
Step 2: Prepare for Your Tour
Make sure to bring appropriate clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat as the sun can be quite strong in the Bay of Islands. The catamaran has an indoor and outdoor seating area, as well as a large outdoor viewing deck, so you can experience the tour in whatever way you prefer. Don’t forget to bring your camera or phone to capture your exceptional experience.
Step 3: Arrive at the Meeting Point
Arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The usual meet-up point for the tour is the Maritime Building (Paihia Wharf), situated at Marsden Road, Paihia.
Step 4: Board the Catamaran and Start Your Tour
Once you’re at the meeting point, board the catamaran and listen to the engaging and informative commentary in English from your friendly crew. Sail among the 144 isles in the Bay of Islands and say ‘kia ora’ to dolphins, whales, and other marine life. Be ready to experience one of the most famous sights in the area, the Hole in the Rock, and witness the stunning views of the sea.
Step 5: Enjoy the Amenities of the Cruise
While on the 4.5-hour scenic cruise, the Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise Tour offers free Wi-Fi on board, which is a great perk to share and post about your experience on social media. There’s also food and drink available for purchase onboard.
Step 6: Stop at Urupukapuka Island
On this tour, you’ll also make a stop at Urupukapuka Island, New Zealand’s second-largest island in the stunning Bay of Islands, where you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and relaxation on the beach or exploring the island on a short walk.
Planning your Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise tour from Paihia or Russell is easy, and it’s an unforgettable experience to witness marine life, stunning views, and to relax in the Bay of Islands. Make sure to book your tour in advance, prepare and arrive on time, and be ready to experience the cruise amenities, stop at Urupukapuka Island, and sail through the iconic and narrow hole in the rock. Enjoy!