The Rock Crew are comprised of passionate, young or simply young-at-heart adventurers who make it their mission to put every guest who steps aboard The Rock at ease within moments, and feel like friends by the time we transfer you back to wharf.
Join us? - If you think you can add something special to The Rock Adventure Cruise get in touch and ask for Jonny
Captain Rowan was born at Kauri Mountain, a gorgeous bay not far from the Bay of Islands. He is a true Kiwi whose passion for the ocean and what lives within it drives him and ensures that our guests experience an amazing cruise. He just loves being on the water, sharing his knowledge and when he is not sharing the Bay with guests… you will still find him out there fishing.
First Mate Timo, aka 'Team-O', is always keen for new adventures and fun in life. After finishing college, he began living and working in various places around the world, from managing coffee houses, to rounding up buffalo, to building houses. Now living in the beautiful Bay of Islands he feels the most at home. Embracing the abundance of goodness, entranced by the ocean and all its wonder, Timo can almost always be found on and in it. He is always keen to swap stories and share a laugh.
Michelle has always shared a great love for the sea and started her adventures after college on a boat in the Bay of Islands, where she found a new home. Her biggest goal is to give everyone at least a big smile on their face...she is always in for a funny story and loves to share new experiences. In the near future, she plans to study tourism and keep exploring the world (and the ocean).
Luca is in her the third year of university. Required to do an internship abroad or in the Netherlands. She decided to do her internship in New Zealand.
"Coming to the Bay of Islands has been one of my best decisions so far. Helping with marketing activities in the office and being a part of the crew on the boat is the absolute perfect combination. From the moment I arrived, I felt welcomed and I feel like the happiest and luckiest girl for having this opportunity.
I believe that everyone should pack their bags and travel as much as possible. The world has so many different cultures and beautiful places that I want to discover so sitting around in one place is a no-go for me" Luca
Linford grew up Rotorua, acquiring an interest in the outdoors and the tourism industry. This led to studying for a Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management at Queenstown Resort College. After six months of study he embarked on an internship at The Rock Adventure Cruise to gain industry knowledge and, upon completion of his diploma, he returned for another season. His future plans include travelling around SE Asia and gaining his skipper's certificate upon his return to NZ.
Nic spent most of his school years in Rotorua with a strong interest in sports, particularly basketball and athletics. This interest led him to Auckland where he completed a conjoint degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Business Management. In the near future he wishes to experience more of the world through work and travel, gain his SCUBA certificate and, as a keen freediver, increase his active breathhold.
Amy hails from Torquay, a seaside, tourist haven in the south west of England. Arriving as a backpacker into Auckland over 12 years ago, maybe it’s no surprise that after nearly 10 years in the City of Sails she moved up to the stunning Bay of Islands to raise her young family. What she brings to the team is over a decade of experience in sales and marketing within the NZ tourism industry and a genuine LOVE for The Rock Adventure Cruise.
Katja was born and raised in Germany, travelling and meeting new people at every opportunity. She worked for one of the biggest advertising agencies and while on a three month break in New Zealand she fell in love with the country and returned. Ten years on and she is married to Glen (a Kiwi), they have both worked in the tourism industry for a number of years and have two beautiful daughters. When Katja does get some time, she loves to spend it swimming in the pristine waters of the Bay or in a quiet spot reading.
Jonny grew up in England, with a strong passion for the outdoors. He decided that the weekends were not enough to pursue his passions, so left to go travelling. Spending seven years in SE Asia, he now lives in NZ with his wife Sarah and their daughter Scarlett, he is passionate about the tourism industry and if you don’t find him at The Rock, he will either be with the Paihia Volunteer Fire Brigade or out on a trail, running.
Kaylen was born and raised in sunny Southern California and will be chasing an endless summer climate for the rest of her life. After becoming scuba certified in Egypt at the age of 15, it quickly became clear that any moment spent submerged in our beautiful ocean was the topmost priority. Looking up at the sun through the surface of the water, followed closely by visiting a place she has never been before, are her favourite feelings in the world. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015 she headed straight for the beautifully preserved ocean surrounding New Zealand with the hopes of gaining as much maritime experience as possible. Luckily the Rock has provided her with precisely that :-)
If you're considering it - just book it now. We had even more fun than we expected and we expected a lot. Great team, great boat, a great adventure. We've come home feeling like we had a real holiday after just 22 hours on the boat. It felt like a week in the best possible way. Thanks guys - you truly do rock! (Fellow Kiwis, get in on this - it's magic).Cara Tipping Smith, NZ
The Rock was one of the first things I had the pleasure of experiencing when I moved to Paihia in January and I have been raving about it ever since!Charlotte
I place I fell in love with NZ. The most amazing thing I did on my month trip to New Zealand.TheJills, USA
Rock the Boat NZ! This overnight trip is great fun and well worth doing, particularly if travelling in a large group.Charlie G