Bay of Islands Heritage Experience

This day trip from Auckland to the Bay of Islands covers historical sites of New Zealand’s Northland, including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the stunning Hole in the Rock Dolphin cruise from Paihia.

On this half-day Bay of Islands catamaran tour, cruise through the famous “Hole in the Rock.” Relax while your captain expertly navigates the islands, secluded beaches, and rocky promontories. Look for dolphins, penguins, and sea birds en route to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'.

 

Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

This is the most popular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, and for good reason! Board your cruise in Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as we 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’.

Find a comfortable seat on the deck of the catamaran and settle in for your half-day scenic tour. This high-speed cruise allows you to experience multiple attractions in the Bay of Islands in a single trip, which tours on slower boats can’t manage. As you travel, enjoy in-depth commentary about the area’s geology, environment, Maori heritage, flora, and fauna from your guide. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Discover the story of New Zealand’s history and the story of two peoples coming together as one under the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, at this award-winning national attraction.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds offers an authentic and inspiring cultural experience that encompasses powerful Māori cultural performances in a beautifully carved meeting house, a contemporary award-winning museum and visitor centre, lush native forest and gardens, interactive carving studio, traditional Māori waka (canoe) and hāngi (traditional feast), entertaining guided tours and more, overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands. 

Take a walk through New Zealand’s history on an informative guided tour of the expansive Treaty Grounds with one of our friendly, experienced local guides. Discover the amazing stories, people and events that shaped the past, present and future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Visit the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, view the historic Treaty House and Meeting House, and stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was first signed in 1840. All tours include a personal audio device, allowing you to clearly follow the fascinating stories as they are told by your guide.

​Tour Highlights

  • Pick up from Auckland CBD

  • Snacks & Water

  • Admission & Guided Experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise​

  • Drop Off to Auckland CBD

Tour Duration: 13 Hours

Pickup Time: 06:00 am

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