World at a Glance: Hole in the Rock

2014-07-25T09:19:19+00:0014 June 2013|New Zealand, Travel photos|

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.

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  1. Andrea 14 June 2013 at 2003 - Reply

    We didn’t do this sail but LOVED Bay of Islands

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2013 at 1128 - Reply

      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 at 0904 - Reply

    It’s amazing what waves can do. It’d be nice to sail through the Hole in the Rock.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2013 at 1123 - Reply

      Fun, and just a wee bit frightening.

  3. Mette - Italian Notes 15 June 2013 at 1327 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2013 at 1126 - Reply

      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 at 0634 - Reply

    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 16 June 2013 at 1122 - Reply

      We stayed in Russell and loved it.

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

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 18 June 2013 at 1113 - Reply

      Very powerful, Mother Nature is.

  6. Sherry 17 June 2013 at 2215 - Reply

    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 18 June 2013 at 1113 - Reply

      That sounds wonderful, Sherry. Nature’s music…

  7. Dan 19 June 2013 at 0426 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 June 2013 at 2030 - Reply

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

  8. Jess 21 June 2013 at 0028 - Reply

    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 3 July 2013 at 1404 - Reply

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

  9. Spencer 23 June 2013 at 0656 - Reply

    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 3 July 2013 at 1405 - Reply

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

  10. Jacob Marlfoyle 28 June 2013 at 0950 - Reply

    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 3 July 2013 at 1406 - Reply

      Whangarei is near 🙂

  11. LuizzeOliveira 1 July 2013 at 1238 - Reply

    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 3 July 2013 at 1407 - Reply

      Glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Anthony The Travel Tart 7 July 2013 at 1454 - Reply

    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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