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  • Address: Rawhiti 0255, New Zealand
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: A walking permit is required for the Cape Brett track

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Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock Tours

Wild and lonely Cape Brett is a remote location on the scenic back road leading along the coast from Russell.

Along the route is the traditional Maori village of Rawhiti, the starting point for the rugged 7.5-hour trek to Cape Brett. On reaching the cape, hikers are rewarded with shelter for the night in the Cape Brett Hut.

For non-hikers, Cape Brett is a popular day cruise destination from Paihia or Russell. The cape is famous for its ‘Hole in the Rock’ on neighboring Motukokako Island, a natural archway formed by ceaselessly pounding seas over the centuries.

As well as spotting dolphins, penguins and other wildlife along the way, the cruise passes a lovely seaside landscape of sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, and the lonely lighthouse on the tip of Cape Brett.

Practical Info

Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock is on the northern tip of a peninsula east of the town of Russell. Motukokako Island is just offshore.

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Bay of Islands Cape Brett
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Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 144 Reviews

This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran wtkth large outdoor viewing decks and plenty of indoor seats ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip, Bay of Islands, Day Cruises
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Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip

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Take a sightseeing cruise through the Bay of Islands on the area’s only authentic Cream Trip — a 100-year-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies to ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.27
Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour, Bay of Islands, Day Cruises
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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

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Get bird’s-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on a Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from Paihia. Take in the stunning scenery of the main ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

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5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

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Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour, Bay of Islands, Multi-day Tours
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Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour

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Experience the best of the Bay of Islands with a cruise and helicopter tour from Paihia. Hop aboard the sea shuttle for a scenic cruise out to the bay, and ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

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This comprehensive 3-day tour of the Bay of Islands is ideal for the first time visitor to New Zealand. With natural beauty, rocky islets and pristine beaches, ...  Read more

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Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise from Auckland, Auckland, Multi-day Tours
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Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise from Auckland

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Jump aboard a catamaran to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. It's the Bay of Islands' most popular cruise.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.14

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