The only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands, offering target shooting, fishing snorkeling, kayaking, island walks and the opportunity to catch or collect seafood. The Rock is the only houseboat of it's kind in New Zealand and provides a one of a kind opportunity for guests. We can now accommodate up to 40 guests, offering a range of cruises from the Classic 22 hour Overnight, Bed & Breakfast, Day Cruise and Private Charters. Only a 3 hour drive from the hustle & bustle of Auckland or a 25 minute drive from Kerikeri airport. The Bay of Islands is steeped in history and is made up of 144 islands spread wondrously throughout the waters creating a haven for the abundance of marine & bird life that reside. Come aboard The Rock for a truly unique experience - with a homely atmosphere, a warm welcome from our crew and a variety of awesome activities to keep you entertained and immersed in this amazing part of the world.
Departing from Paihia Wharf, this is the best way to spend 22 hours in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
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This was definitely the highlight of my trip in NZ! I absolutely loved the cruise and still talk about it to everyone as the highlight of my trip! So many fun activities! Fishing, night time kayaking, snorkelling and exploring an island plus many more! It was a very unique experience with friendly and passionate crew who instantly shared their passion and love for their time on the cruise! Amazing experience that really brings people together through travel :)Lara M
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
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