...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, New Zealand’s biggest houseboat, for a 22-hour overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands. The Rock 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’s observation decks and enjoy a drink in the glorious sunset.
Sometimes even the most independent traveller should hitch a ride
The Rock’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
"Jam packed with adventure and good times." -Guest review from Tripadvisor.com 2011.
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.
Catch a bus from Auckland with Kiwi Experience, Stray, Magic Bus, Northliner, InterCity. Most bus companies leave in the morning and cost approx $50.
Fly from Auckland on a domestic flight into Kerikeri just twenty minutes from Paihia.
Land Based Activities:
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.
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.