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A fast boat to the ' Hole in the Rock '..............! by Roy  Massicks


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A fast boat to the ' Hole in the Rock '..............! by 


Location: Paihia Wharf, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

The craft waiting for passengers is ’ Mack Attack ’ the fastest passenger boat in the Bay of Islands. It is an exhilirating couple of hours trip but can be lumpy with a bit of a swell. If the conditions are right it will go through the ’ Hole ’ and out the other side of Piercy Island at Cape Brett and also there is a cave that it can an does go into showing the sea as a beautiful turquiose colour against the dark of the cave roof. Quite often Dolphins and occasionally Whales can be seen.

Panasonic, LUMIX – GH2 at 103mm, 14×140 lens, 1/50, f/8, iso 160, manual.
From a single RAW image.


mack attack, piercy island, fast, passenger boat, hole in the rock, cape brett, bay of islands, new zealand


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    great shot Roy xx

  • Thank you Lynn – it does give you quite a ride !

    – Roy Massicks

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 2 years ago

    Oh boy I bet that would be fun to do! Not unlike the trip I did on the jet boat around Bruny Island, off Tasmania’s south coast, back in April – that was bumpy, especially on the return journey! There’s a certain atmosphere about the setting for this shot that really appeals to me – a great take Roy.
    All the best

  • Thank you very much Peter for your kind comments. Yes, you certainly can get bumped about on this one not to mention wet !

    – Roy Massicks

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyalmost 2 years ago

    Nice find Roy ..Hope you got the chance to go for a spin too !! xx

  • Many thanks Gail – yes, we have been out a few times. We knew the last owners and had free trips for us and the grandchildren.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012almost 2 years ago

    Looks beautiful Roy – Great capture.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thank you Colleen – I appreciate your interest.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot Roy ~ what an experience that would be ~ especially the cave … I would love to see the dolphins!

  • Many thanks Susie – it is a great days outing and some of the little islands they take you to see on the way out are very attractive !

    – Roy Massicks

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    An experience, did you do it?

  • Yes Kala several times as we knew the previous owners.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 2 years ago

    Cracking shot Roy, looks lovely

  • Thank you Gary – it is one of the top trips in the Bay of Islands.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely capture Roy, the colours are stunning

  • Many thanks Andrea – both the fast boats are bright red making them very visible but the water did look quite tropical that day.

    – Roy Massicks

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