Visit the famous ‘’Hole in the Rock’’ at Cape Brett, near the southern entrance to the Bay of Islands. You can rent and drive your own jet-ski, go in a speed boat out to the Cape and back in one and a half hours, or take a more leisurely cruise or sail with options of dolphin watching or swimming or an island stop or both. For the more adventurous you can helicopter out to the Hole in the Rock and land on top of the island with the Hole in the Rock under your feet! On the way there by boat or otherwise, view some of the multi-million dollar properties on islands or hidden in secluded bays.
On the way back, get dropped off in Russell in time for lunch then explore the historic village which was known in the early to mid 1800’s as the ’Hell Hole of the Pacific’. From the village, a 30 minute walk (or take a taxi) up to the top of Flagstaff Hill offers you 360 degree views over the Bay of Islands, before returning to Russell in time to catch a short ferry ride back to Paihia.