Hole in the Rock

Useful Information

Location: Piercy Island, Cape Brett, Bay of Islands.
Most boats depart from either Paihia or Russell.
Open: no restrictions.
Excitor: NOD to MAR daily 10:30, 14:30.
APR to OCT daily 8, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30.
Dolphin Seeker: All year daily Paihia 9:15, Russel 9:25 and Paihia 13:35, Russel 13:45.
Fullers Hole in the Rock Cruise: All year daily Paihia 9:00, Russel 9:10 and Paihia 13:30, Russel 13:40.
All tours have check in times which may be up to half an hour earlier.
Fee: free.
Excitor: Adults NZD 83.
Dolphin Seeker: Adults NZD 86, Children NZD 43.
Fullers Hole in the Rock Cruise: Adults NZD 86, Children NZD 43.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: n/a
Dimension: L=70 m.
Guided tours: Excitor: D=1.5 h.
Dolphin Seeker: D=3 h.
Fullers Hole in the Rock Cruise: D=3 h.
Address: Great Sights BOI, The Maritime Building, Waterfront, PO Box 269, Paihia, Bay of Islands, Free: 0800-653-339, Tel: +64-9-402-7421. E-mail: contact
Fullers Bay Of Islands, PO Box 269, Paihia, Bay of Islands, Tel: +64-9-402-7421, Fax: +64-9-402-7831. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Hole in the Rock is a natural bridge, the remains of a former sea cave. It is located at the northern tip of New Zealand, at Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. The natural bridge goes through an island with steep limestone walls called Piercy Island. Piercy Island was named by Captain Cook in honour of one of the Lords of the Admiralty. The Maori call this island Motukokako.

The 70 m long through cave goes through a protruding cliff of the island, is located at sea level. So it is easy to go through the hole with boats and small ships. There are virtually dozens of boat trips offered to and through this hole.