Everything you need to know when coming on board The Rock!
We depart from Paihia, the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands. You can find out more about the region and what you can expect to see on our cruise.
We do not have parking available but here are a few options for local parking:
(a) Pay and display carpark in Williams Road - 4 or 5 minutes walk to the wharf
(b) There is also overnight parking available at the Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments and Campervan Park. Approximately 15-20 minutes walk back to Paihia wharf.
The boat is fully equipped, comfortable and very, very stable (New Zealand’s largest houseboat). However, she is still a boat.
There is a wide range of activities on offer, from fishing to kayaking, night swimming to nature watching. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy every aspect of the cruise.
Nibbles and snacks. Towel. Swimwear. Sunscreen. Warm jacket. Camera. Bring just an overnight bag. Light footwear or sandals are fine. Cash or card (we have EFTPOS)
Just catch the passenger ferry over to Paihia - it runs three times per hour and takes approximately 15 minutes.
"To start the crew aboard was absolutely fantastic and easy going. Just having them be the leaders of our stay made it very relaxed as if you were traveling...
"The entire tour from start to finish was incredible. There was a constant stream of activities and you could pick and choose what you wished to do. We shot...
"13/10 experience. Highly recommended for all ages and types of travelers. We all had a great time & are planning another trip soon."
"The crew on The Rock are so friendly! The boat is an old ferry and has a lot of character. I’m sure there are plenty of other positive reviews, so...
"The crew are wonderful and swimming in the fluorescent algae was one of the most surreal and beautiful moments of my life. Highly highly recommended!"