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"HOLE IN THE ROCK" Top 5 Page for this destination Bay of Islands Things to Do Tip by balhannah

Bay of Islands Things to Do: 69 reviews and 188 photos

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  • The Hole in the Rock - Bay of Islands
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We did a tour in a fast boat called 'EXCITOR' to the Hole in the Rock. The Captain was witty and fun, I think everybody would have enjoyed this trip, certainly everybody was laughing!

This trip was for 1.5 hours on a high speed powerboat.
Before departure we were given protective clothing to put on and were given a full safety briefing. The 'Excitor' was an exciting looking boat! Once we were all seated in the boat we took off and out to and through the Hole in the Rock, which isn't always the case because of rough weather, luckily we had a good day! Our skipper expertly guided us through the narrow space, telling us if the water from the cave roof dripped on us, it would bring us luck!
This evidently dates back to the times when the local Mâori warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. They hoped some of the water from the cave roof would fall on them as they believed this to be a good omen.

Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose Dolphins.
On the way back we stopped at Russell to pick up and drop off people. We had a great time!

Departs: 9:00am Returns: 1:00pm
Departs: 9:10am Returns: 12:50pm

Departs: 1:30pm Returns: 4:20pm
Departs: 1:40pm Returns: 4:30pm


I am not sure if the Excitor is still running - The cruise is still operating.

Address: Paihai Or Russell

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2015
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