Private Charters for School Groups and Families

Originally a car ferry with lots of history, this unique venue offers the complete great value accomodation, activity and catered package.

We are chosen by a variety of families, businesses and school groups to provide a large stable venue, with heaps of activities.

The accommodation deck is upstairs giving sea views from every cabin. Downstairs is spacious and the dining area is configured as one long table so that everyone sits together. It is also retractable, ensuring plenty of room when not in use.

Night kayaking, snorkeling and island exploring for the adventurous or make use of the pool table, piano and guitars. For the perfect relaxation, sit by the wood burning fireplace or watch the night sky. 


  • Guests maximum of 38 depending on choice of configuration
  • Eight guest cabins
  • Student workshop area if required 
  • Knowledgeable, experienced onboard crew
  • Comprehensive Health and Safety Policy / Procedures
  • A number of catering options – please discuss your requirements
  • Accredited with QualmarkNZ, MaritimeNZ, member TIANZ and YHA


Contact us and Jonny our dedicated groups coordinator will answer any of your questions. Just be prepared for the fact that your team may continue to talk about their trip for a long while after coming ashore.

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

Rock the Boat NZ! This overnight trip is great fun and well worth doing, particularly if travelling in a large group.Charlie G

I went on The Rock with friends from school and we had a great 24 hours! There were tons of fun things to do on the boat from playing pool, fishing, and even night kayaking! The captain and crew were very knowledgeable about the Bay of Islands and very friendly! It felt like I was hanging out with friends instead of the crew. I would 100% recommend this to anyone who wants to see the Bay of Islands. Visited May 2016TSanders904