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.
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 came on this as a optional extra with my top deck tour... This would have to have been one of the best 22 hours in my life I had such a great time especially with the night kayaking seeing all the stars and the water that lights up..... The crew put on many fun activities are are all so friendly the really do a great job.... I would have happily paid double for this experience it was worth every cent I'm coming to do the north and south island with a friend in April I will be doing this again for sure as I had such a great time......... THANKS GUYS!!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDMiska Dombroski
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
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