World at a Glance: Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands

World at a Glance is a series here on Sophie’s World, portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad, wondrous, unexpected little encounters.

This week’s #frifotos* theme, waves, reminded me of New Zealand, specifically Bay of Islands, and the waves crashing into this very peculiar work of nature known as Hole in the Rock, or Motukōkak in the Maori language. Over time, waves have hacked away at the rock, creating this hole, a whopping 18 metres at sea level.

The girls and I spent a few days in the Bay of Islands when we lived in New Zealand and being on the water was always a highlight. If weather conditions are right, you can navigate right through the hole. They weren’t during our visit, but we did get pretty close. And we saw dolphins. Which, for kids, is even better than sailing through a hole.

Have you been in the Bay of Islands? Sailed through the Hole in the Rock?

*#FriFotos is a weekly Twitter chat where travellers share their favourite photos. Each week has a different theme.

23 Responses to “World at a Glance: Hole in the Rock”

  1. Andrea 14 June 2013 2003 #

    We didn’t do this sail but LOVED Bay of Islands
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2013 1128 #

      So did we. And a British girl we met, who had begun her round-the-world trip in the Bay of Islands and was still there, 5 years later.

  2. Salika Jay 15 June 2013 0904 #

    It’s amazing what waves can do. It’d be nice to sail through the Hole in the Rock.
    Salika Jay recently posted..Welcome To Middle-Earth

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2013 1123 #

      Fun, and just a wee bit frightening.

  3. Mette - Italian Notes 15 June 2013 1327 #

    I’ve seen a lot of rocks with holes around the world, but only tried to sail through the one in Capri. Pretty scary that was, so I wish there had been dolphins instead.
    Mette – Italian Notes recently posted..Venice sights on the clothesline

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2013 1126 #

      Is that the one called the tunnel of love? That’s smaller, I think, so must be even more spine-tingling.

  4. Andrew Graeme Gould 16 June 2013 0634 #

    I loved the Bay of Islands, and the 35 Degrees Restaurant out over the water. Also the ferry trip we made across the bay to Russell. Can’t recommend it enough to those who havn’t been. Didn’t sail through that hole, though.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2013 1122 #

      We stayed in Russell and loved it.

  5. Gabe - We Travel and Blog 17 June 2013 1723 #

    I love seeing pictures like these. It’s incredible what can be done with water and time.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 18 June 2013 1113 #

      Very powerful, Mother Nature is.

  6. Sherry 17 June 2013 2215 #

    I haven’t sailed through any, but there is a similar one in north Oahu in Hawaii where the pounding of the waves are so fierce that it cut a hole through one of the small rock islands off shore. Now the waves as it crashes through the hole makes a howling sound so eerie that it can bring chills. A truly evocative place.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 18 June 2013 1113 #

      That sounds wonderful, Sherry. Nature’s music…

  7. Dan 19 June 2013 0426 #

    I haven’t made it but Jade has. We saw something similar in Tonga

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 June 2013 2030 #

      Yes, Tonga does have similar nature, with the blow holes and all.

  8. Jess 21 June 2013 0028 #

    That looks like a beautiful sail, but it would definitely make me a bit nervous – whoever’s steering the boat would have to be really, really good at it.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 July 2013 1404 #

      Yeah, don’t think I would dare try on my own.

  9. Spencer 23 June 2013 0656 #

    The Bay of Islands is somewhere I have wanted to go for ages. Can’t wait to get there one day. I hear it is amazing.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 July 2013 1405 #

      One of the highlights of the North Island. But then, there are many…

  10. Jacob Marlfoyle 28 June 2013 0950 #

    This area looks to be both charming and magnificent! I hope we make it that far north – we’re in Whangarei in a couple of weeks and plan to do a driving tour to the Bay of Islands – now you’ve got me thinking we should head even further north!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 July 2013 1406 #

      Whangarei is near :)

  11. LuizzeOliveira 1 July 2013 1238 #

    New Zealand is such a famous and beautiful travel destination. Its amazing and great attraction place Bay of Islands. I like this view hole in the rock.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 July 2013 1407 #

      Glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Anthony The Travel Tart 7 July 2013 1454 #

    Done the boat trip to the hole in the rock in NZ – it’s choice bro! Bay of Islands is one of my favourite areas of NZ as well

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