The Story of The Rock

The Rock as she is today was custom-built by Peter and Stacee Honey in 1999. Take a 360o walk through of The Rock.

But she started out life as a car ferry long before being converted to a comfortable floating lodge. 

Originally The Rock was a purpose built car ferry, working as the ‘Normville’, running from Opua to Okiato (New Zealand’s first capital) she was the first car ferry there to run on her own power. 

Later she was moved to the west coast of Northland, New Zealand. There in the Hokianga Harbour, her second life began as the ‘Rawhiti’, again working as a car ferry crossing the Hokianga Harbour. It was here that Peter and Stacee Honey spotted her and saw potential for a whole different life for the boat.

Peter and a few mates saw the opportunity to sail the boat from the west coast around Cape Reinga to the Bay of Islands as the perfect game fishing weekend away. After firmly attaching a caravan to the deck, they set off out of the Hokianga heading north. The group and vessel all arrived in the Bay of Islands safe and sound, where The Rock’s transformation began.  Peter and Stacee spent nearly three years designing and converting the car ferry into the unique looking boat she is today.

The Rock is now New Zealand's biggest houseboat and was truly a labour of love. In her new guise as the Bay of Islands most accessible 22-hour overnight cruise she oozes good times and new experiences. Present owners Sarah and Jonny are proud to host this special cruise to share the uniquely beautiful Bay of Islands lifestyle with international guests.

I place I fell in love with NZ. The most amazing thing I did on my month trip to New Zealand.TheJills, USA

Would do it again without a doubt! I did this on Wednesday and had the best time!Beeb93

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

We took a group of 25 international students from a high school on the overnight cruise. This is the second time we have done the overnight cruise, as the first group we took also thoroughly enjoyed it. When you leave Paihia you travel out to one of the Islands to anchor overnight. You get to shoot paint balls at a fake duck they tow behind the boat, go fishing, go night kayaking and swimming. The night kayaking was the students favourite part as we got to see the Bioluminescent Algae which was amazing and a once in a lifetime experience!Nicole