YHA Bay of Islands, The Rock Cruise for Groups


The Rock Adventure Cruise is an activity-packed, nature-filled experience on the water, perfectly suited for groups, with multi share cabins (sleeping up to 6) and private rooms for tour leaders/teachers.

Overnight cruise activities include mussel and kina diving, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, target shooting, fishing and exploring the beautiful Bay Of Islands.

"We were only in the Bay of Islands for 2 days and this was hands down the best way to experience the most in time we had. From fishing off the boat while the sun set, to night kayaking to snorkelling and beach lounging, it was amazing and the staff were fantastic and fun!" - Meghan O


Buffet dinner, continental breakfast and lunch are included in the classic cruise price. Meal times are relaxed e.g. overnight cruisers can cook up their catch of the day (if you’ve got one!). In the morning, the breakfast bell is rung for a traditional breakfast, and a hot lunch is served onboard.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact The Rock Adventure Cruise direct: [email protected] with the subject line ‘YHA Group Enquiry’, or phone 0800 762 527.

To book group stays across multiple hostel locations please talk to our National Groups Coordinators: [email protected] | 0800 278 299

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Hostel Details & Location

Group Coordinator: Jonny Greener

Check in: 4:00 pm Check out: 3:00 pm

Contact: +64 9 402 7796 Email this hostel

Reception: 8am - 8pm | Summer: Departs 5pm, returns 3pm, Winter: Departs 4pm, returns 2pm

Location: Departs Paihia Wharf Building, Marsden Road,


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How to get here

Board from Paihia Wharf just off Marsden Rd. There is a paid parking on Williams Rd, 5min walk from the wharf. Overnight parking is available at Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments and Campervan Park.


Catch a bus from Auckland with Kiwi Experience, Stray, Magic Bus, Northliner, or InterCity.


Shuttles are available from Kerikeri Airport to Paihia.

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Great for groups:

  • All meals included
  • Exclusive use options
  • Towel hire
  • Bed linen included
  • Luggage storage options
  • Communal dining area

Shared facilities:

  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • All meals included
  • Onsite food options
  • Recycling stations
  • Outdoor area

Entertainment and activities:

  • Games available
  • Pool table
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Book exchange
  • Kayaks available
  • Paddleboards available


  • Convenience items for sale
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Towel hire
  • Luggage storage options
  • Bicycle storage
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hostel capacity

YHA Bay of Islands, The Rock Adventure Cruise can cater for up to 40 people across 8 cabins.

The Rock is New Zealand’s biggest houseboat and all accommodation cabins are located upstairs, enjoying enviable morning views and access to the upper deck. The Rock’s downstairs living area is spacious and complete with a bar, dining area, lounge, pool table, piano and open fire. The open deck is the ideal platform for onboard activities like target shooting and fishing.

Shared rooms

  • 4 x Shared cabins (each with 3 x bunk beds, sleeps 6)

All bedding (duvets, sheets and pillows) and a towel each is provided. All cabins have shared bathroom facilities.

Private rooms for group leaders and supervisors

  • 1 x Double cabin (1 x double bed)
  • 3 x Family cabins (each with a double bed + bunks, sleeps up to 5)

These rooms include all bed linen and a towel each. Please note all cabins have shared bathroom facilities; we have a limited number of private rooms which are subject to availability.

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