...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 solo travellers to meet 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 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
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.
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. Your group can select from three different cruise options: either the classic 22-hr Rock Overnight Cruise, the 16-hr Bed & Breakfast Cruise or the 6.5hr Day Cruise. Activites include mussel and kina diving, snorkelling, kayaking, target shooting, fishing and exploring the beautiful Bay Of Islands.
The Rock Adventure Cruise can cater for up to 36 people across 8 cabins.
Room types available (and prices based on the classic 22-hr cruise) are:
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. All cabins have shared bathroom facilities. 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.
Group members are accommodated in comfortable 6 bed cabins. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $5 each.
Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in our double or family cabins, with shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels can be hired for $5 each. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms and they are subject to availability.
BBQ dinner, continental breakfast and a packed lunch are included in the classic cruise price. Meal times are relaxed e.g. overnight cruisers can cook up their catch of the day for dinner on the BBQ (if you’ve got one!). In the morning, the breakfast bell is rung for a traditional kiwi breakfast. The packed lunch is ordered fresh from a local café and we usually take this to enjoy on the beach.
Contact The Rock Adventure Cruise direct firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Group Enquiry’.or email