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Independently owned and operated YHA Bay of Islands, The Rock Cruise


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Jonny and Sarah Greener

Check in: 4:00 pm Check out: 2:00 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,


Cruising the Bay of Islands


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How to get here

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

Bus: Catch a bus from Auckland with Kiwi Experience, Stray, Magic Bus, Northliner, or InterCity.
Airport: Shuttles are available from Kerikeri Airport to Paihia.

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Perfect for schools and large groups! Find out more

You've been warned: this is not just a hostel. YHA Bay of Islands The Rock Adventure Cruise is a full-experience overnight cruise on New Zealand's biggest houseboat!

This activity-packed journey will see you on the water for 22 hours taking part in fishing, kayaking, swimming, target shooting, exploring, eating freshly cooked seafood, snorkelling, and more. Or, relax on deck and enjoy the view - pristine waters, great sunsets, and stargazing opportunities abound.

Our small cabins cater for couples, families, or independent travellers, with all beds made up for you on arrival. With capacity for 40 people, we're big enough for groups and small enough for solo travellers to meet up with like minds and make friends. This welcoming on-water hostel will have you feeling right at home in record time.

Rates include bed linen, dinner, breakfast, lunch (not included in Bed + Breakfast Cruise), and all activities. Just make sure to bring a towel, or let us know you'll need one and you can hire onboard.

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Guests love:

  • All meals included
  • Kayaks available
  • 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


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

In-hostel payment options:

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
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This all-inclusive overnight cruise includes activities like:

  • Paintball target shooting
  • Fishing
  • Exploring a nearby island
  • Activities and games to help you meet your fellow passengers
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking

and generally having an amazing time!

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