Motukokako: Cool to See, But Cooler to Sail Through!
Posted On 05/23/2023 10:47:11
New Zealand | Bay of Islands | Paihia | Russell | Motukokako | Hole in the Rock | Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise | Catamaran
Captain James Cook dubbed the island "Piercy Island", the Maori call it "Motukokako" and tourists usually refer to it as "Hole in the Rock". The cliffs of the rock stretch nearly 500 feet above the ocean. At the southwestern tip of the island there's a hole in the cliffs that is over 50 feet tall. It was the movement of the waves that "carved" the hole - and it's those same waves that determine whether or not a boat can sail through the hole. When a big boat is rocking due to the waves, it can be too dangerous to attempt to sail on through.
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Most recently, we sailed around New Zealand's Bay of Islands with Fullers Great Sights. One of the highlights of the boat tour was not just seeing, but sailing through the Hole in the Rock. The day of our sailing was a little windy, so the captain wasn't sure if sailing through was going to be possible. (It's one of the biggest boats that can make it through the hole, and there isn't a lot of additional clearance.)