The Rock | Bay of Islads Adventure Cruise

Holiday with family & friends spent cruising on the Bay of Islands

Great getaway with family and friends cruising around the Bay of Islands. Explore the Bay of Islands with your families including grandmum and grandpop, and enjoy fun activities prepared by The Rock Boat Adventure Cruise suitable for all ages.

A holiday well spent at the Bay of Islands

Video Credit: Celia Chalmers


April 9, 2019






Fine 1M East


Sable, Austin, Lotte  & Celia


V5, South West 15 knots

Overnight Anchorage:

Putakokota Bay

Snorkel Spot:

Palm Beach

Island Visit:

Roberton Island


Sand Dagger Wrasse, Snapper & Kina Shell


Skipper's Report

Once we picked up the passengers from Paihia port for our Overnight Cruise, we sailed through Bay of Islands taking pleasure in the beautiful coves and the ocean view presented before us. Unexpectedly we were blessed with fine weather in this northern part of New Zealand. 

Most of the national and international tourists usually do a 3-hour drive from Auckland going to Paihia then spend the night on The Rock cabins. Depending on the weather and wind direction, our skipper decides where we drop the hook and anchor for the night. That time the best choice for us was the Putakokota Bay where we took shelter from the western winds. 

nana enjoying at the bay of islands aboard the rock cruise adventures

enjoying lunch at the bay of islands aboard the rock cruise adventures

The Rock boat provides one of the best accommodations you can find in the Bay of Islands perfect for families wanting to have a unique Kiwi experience suitable for all ages. On our way to Putakokota Bay from Paihia, while enjoying the scenic route, with beers on hand, relaxed and ready to have some fun, our cruisers engaged in the first round of activity, Target Shooting. It was a good one hour of aiming and missing the target. We reached our destination and the friendly crew began assembling the fishing rod together with the bait for dusk fishing, the others went to explore waters of the Bay of Islands by paddling their kayaks. The water was calm, snappers were hooked and returned to the sea. When we get lucky and catch a fairly large Snapper it’s usually smoked or barbecued as an addition to our already delicious dinner buffet. 

fishing snapper for dinner at the bay of islands aboard the rock cruise adventures

delicious dinner at the bay of islands aboard the rock cruise adventures

Embracing sunrise at sea is spectacular, you can marvel in its beauty with a hot cup of joe or enjoy it in bed looking through the cabin windows. If you feel a little more adventurous, go for an early morning swim to boost up your body. Another day at The Rock brings new routes to sail plus new faces to enjoy our company. We were joined by a group of 6 new passengers for their Day Cruise. We made our way to the popular snorkel spot at Palm Beach. Snorkeling is one of the best activities on The Rock, not only do we get a good glimpse of the underwater but we also get to feed the fishes and swim with them. The crew often times pick up sea shells such as Kina or Sea urchin as a treat for everyone. The day cruise won’t be over until visit historical sights and amazing views in the Bay of Islands. Our last stop was at Roberton Island, a few minutes trek atop the hill to see the magnificent views of the peninsula. 

beautiful view of roberton island

Do check out the video above to see cruise highlights! 

Posted by on April 09, 2019


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