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"Bay of Islands" Bay of Islands Tip by grets

Bay of Islands, New Zealand: 22 reviews and 43 photos

  Hole in the Rock
by grets

So named because of the 150 or so islands which are found in the bays, this area was the site of New Zealand's first European settlement and today is a very popular tourist attraction.

Most people see the the area from one of the many cruise ships which ply the area and we are no exeption.

We go down to the quay to board the cruiser for the Hole in the Rock cruise. The boat is a nice, modern catamaran. We find our little spot on top deck where we settle down with the packed luch they provided us with and a glass of wine to watch the islands float by. It is extremely windy up here, so much so that the wine is actually blwon out of the glass, but the view is worth the discomfort.

Our first stop is Russell, then in and out of the islands and bays, out into the open sea and on towards "the hole". I am disappointed not to see dolphins, especially as the skipper said he'd not only seen dolphins this mroning, but a whale too. All we see is a measly little sunfish and a few birds!

The cruise may, weather permitting, go through the opening in the rock off Cape Brett. There is a big lead up to it, the captain slows the boat down, everybody takes their positions on deck snapping away with their cameras....

The hole in the rock is actually quite impressive. I wasn't expecting much, but its comparatively small size compared with the boat and the captain's skill in manoeuvrering the large craft rather impresses me.

have thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon's cruise and am looking forward to the subsea adventure when we stop at Otehei Bay, but it is not to be. It is not running today due to algae restricting visibility. We go for a hike to the top of the hill for a view of the surrounding bays instead.


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  • Written Sep 15, 2004
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