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 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

  • Rates include bed linen, BBQ dinner, breakfast, lunch, and all activities. Just make sure to bring a towel, or let us know you'll need one and you can hire onboard.

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*

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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  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Convenience Store
  • Cot Available On Request
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Games Available
  • Guitar
  • Kayaks Available
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals Included
  • Piano
  • Pool Table
  • Recycling Stations
  • Towel Hire
  • Wetsuit Hire

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

  • (Jun 22nd - Jun 22nd) Dan Brader in his eleventh year of stand up comedy! He's lived and performed in the competitive comedy scenes of Perth and Melbourne and has toured around NZ consistently since 2010. His last solo show "Horrible, ... The Old Stone Butter Factory
  • (May 3rd - Jun 22nd) ‘Ma te wai, ka ora tonu ngā mea katoa!’ Through water, all things live! Water gives life to all things! New Zealand is surrounded by oceans and sea and is home to many rivers and inland waterways. This ... Geoff Wilson Gallery
  • (Jun 22nd - Jul 7th) Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is mostly ... Riverbank Centre
  • (Jun 9th - Oct 14th) Whangarei Museum will look to the past to inform our modern Matariki celebrations through the exhibition Puanga 2018, from 8th June to 14th October. Puanga historically was a time for family and friends to gather ... Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park
  • (May 25th - Nov 23rd) Learn native plant propagation at He Kakano Community Nursery with nursery manager Soozee and connect with other lovely people in your community, as you grow native plants for riparian restoration projects in Whangarei. ... He Kakano Community Nursery
  • (Jun 1st - Aug 31st) Seniors’ Winter Special Time Again! 1st June to 31st August we celebrate our wonderful senior community. 50% discounted entry to the Whangarei Museum, the Kiwi House and Heritage Park for all seniors. Only $7.50 ... Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park

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.

"We would like to thank you all for such a lovely time. EVERYONE enjoyed themselves. A big thank you to Rowan & the crew. We've all come home safe & sound with wonderful memories of an excellent cruise in our own backyard, we recommend that more kiwi's should do this. BIG THANK YOU TO THE ROCK CRUISE" - Jerrie

Capacity and Room Types

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:

  • 1 x Double Cabin (1 x double bed)
  • 4 x Family Cabins (each containing 1 x double bed, 1 x bunk bed)
  • 3 x Shared Cabins (each containing 3 x bunk beds)
The accommodation

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.

Shared rooms

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.

Private rooms

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.

Meals

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 our Group Coordinators

Contact The Rock Adventure Cruise direct 0800 762 527 or email info@rocktheboat.co.nz with the subject line ‘Group Enquiry’.