Discover the Bay Cruise, Hole in the Rock & Dolphin Watching

Discover the Bay, visit the world famous Hole in the Rock, see an abundance of marine mammals and wildlife and learn of the rich history and culture whilst cruising amongst the 144 spectacular islands in the Bay of Islands.

Discover the Bay Cruise, Hole in the Rock & Dolphin Watching is set on board Discovery IV which is a modern high-speed catamaran equipped with underwater cameras for close up marine mammal viewing and is purpose built for dolphin and whale watching in the Bay.

The Bay of Islands boasts an extensive variety of wildlife, the most famous of which are the common and bottlenose dolphins. Incorporating an exclusive island stop at Moturua Island, landing at Hahangarua Bay (Norwegian Bay, passengers will sight and experience one of the most significant historic places in New Zealand, Paeroa Pa.

This 4 hour Discover the Bay Cruise is a definite must-do on your next New Zealand holiday itinerary!


  • 'Hole in the Rock'
  • Exclusive private island stop visiting one of NZ's most significant Maori Pa's (fortified village)
  • Learn about the Kiwi Recovery and conservation restoration programme on Moturua Island
  • Cruise amongst the 144 stunning islands
  • Dolphin, whale, birds and other wildlife viewing


  • Cruise
  • Full commentary


Operates: November to April
Departs: Paihia wharf B 9.00am & 1.30pm and Russell Wharf 9.10am & 1.40pm
Returns: 4 hours later

Additional Info

Children: Aged 0-4 years are free of charge. Children aged 5-15 years are at the child rate. All children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the trip
Please Note: If dolphins or whales are not seen, a non-transferable voucher will be given to come again for free, this is not a money back offer
What to Bring: Light jacket, flat soled shoes, camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
Operated By: Explore Group Limited