YHA Bay Of Islands The Rock Cruise

Description

...So, you like to get your feet a bit wet?

For an activity-packed, nature-filled experience on the water, it doesn’t get much better than this! Join YHA Bay of Islands The Rock Cruise, New Zealand’s biggest houseboat, for a 22-hour overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands. The Rock Cruise offers a warm, homely and stable environment. With a capacity for 36, she’s big enough for groups but small enough too for sole travellers to hook up with like minds and make friends.

For the adventurous at heart

As well as exploring one of the larger of the Bay’s 144 islands on foot, you’ll have time to gather fresh seafood for dinner, to kayak the reefs, snorkel the pristine waters, take part in beach cricket and try some night-swimming.

Alternatively you can just sit back and enjoy the abundance of nature viewed from the Rock Cruise’s observation decks and enjoy a drink in the glorious sunset.

Sometimes even the most independent traveller should hitch a ride

The Rock Cruise’s downstairs living area is spacious complete with a bar, dining area, lounge, pool table, piano and open fire. Outside, the open deck is the ideal platform for onboard activities (target shooting, fishing). Your upstairs cabin guarantees enviable morning views and access to the upper deck. Dinner and breakfast are relaxed – cook up your catch of the day (if you’ve got one!) on the barbie and enjoy the good company of guests and crew. And later on the skipper might even pull out his guitar if you’re lucky...

We know you’ll feel at home from the moment you step aboard

  • Standard Rates include cabin with bed linen, BBQ dinner, breakfast and all activities.
  • Package Rates include cabin with bed linen, towels, BBQ dinner, a glass of house wine, beer or soft drink with dinner and a picnic style lunch (for the second day), breakfast and all activities

Book now! - Follow these steps:

  1. Select YHA Bay of Islands The Rock Cruise from the hostels drop down menu on the 'book a hostel now' graphic
  2. Select the dates on which you wish to do your cruise
  3. Click on the Go button and complete the booking form. *please note this is a booking request form and you will be contacted by our Customer Services Team to confirm your request within 24 hours* 

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By Car

To get from Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands (approx 3hrs); 1.Take State Highway 1 north out of Auckland. (This is the main North/South Motorway that runs through Auckland.) 2. From Kawakawa the Bay of Islands is signposted. 3.The Paihia Wharf is in the middle of the small township and is easy to spot on your right hand side as you drive into town.

By Bus

Catch a bus from Auckland with Kiwi Experience, Stray, Magic Bus, Northliner, InterCity. Most bus companies leave in the morning and cost approx $50.

By Plane

Fly from Auckland on a domestic flight into Kerikeri just twenty minutes from Paihia.

 

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  • Bicycle Storage
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage

Water activities:  

  • Overnight Cruise    
  • Dolphin Watching    
  • Fishing trips    
  • Parasailing    
  • Fast boat trips    
  • Kayaking    
  • Snorkelling    
  • Scuba Diving    
  • Hole in the Rock

Land Based Activities:

  • Cape Reinga
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds    
  • Historic Russell    
  • Walks and Tracks (both short and overnight trails)    
  • Winery tours    
  • Steam Train    
  • Hunterwasser Toilets    
  • Art and Craft Trail    
  • Horse Riding    
  • Sky Diving (highest in Nz at 16000ft)    
  • Historic tours    
  • Kawiti Glow worm caves    
  • Maori Culture Shows    

Over half our guests travel north to do The Rock’s Overnight Cruise and many arrive here and realise that this region is a very special part of New Zealand that they haven’t allocated enough time for. So even if you are on a short NZ visit allow at least three days to properly explore this region.

Events

  • The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend (Sep 29th - Sep 29th) 2014 sees the Bay of Islands walking weekend bring you a full week of walking; there are 20 walks to choose from, all walks leave from Russell and for the more adventurous among us, can take a trip on a boat out to some ...
  • Island Ramble - Urapukapuka Island - Walk 7 - BOI W.Weekend (Oct 2nd - Oct 5th) Walk 7 - Island Ramble - Urapukapuka Island Take a trip back in time and travel to Otehei Bay on the privately chartered R Tucker Thompspon, the gaff rigged tops’l schooner. Here you can relax and plot your course, ...
  • Betty Anne & Friends (Oct 2nd - Oct 2nd)
  • Bay of Islands Farmers' Market (May 19th - Dec 4th 2014) Paihia Farmers' Market is a place where you can buy fresh food, grown or produced within a defined local region, direct from the grower or producer. Buy it fresh from their gate to your plate. Every Thursday ...
  • Learn to Skate (Feb 13th - Dec 18th) Come along every Thursday for family-friendly exercise! No matter what your age, if you have the urge to strap on some wheels and learn to skate we can teach you. Doesn't matter if you have never skated or just haven't ...
  • Gilmore Brown Art Awards (Sep 6th - Oct 5th) Gilmore Brown 2014 Art Awards - Saturday, 6th September to Sunday, 5th October 2014 The Kauri Museum is now accepting entries for the Gilmore Brown 2014 Art Awards. The categories are- Painting and ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.