Five First-time Experiences You'll have on The Rock
Get the most of your 22 hours long visit in the Bay of Islands with these 5 first time experiences.
For many people, travelling the world is all about new experiences and trying things you never thought you could do, from tasting unusual foods to bungy jumping off a bridge. A cruise on The Rock won’t disappoint – as you will find out, there is plenty to see, do and taste… leaving you with amazing memories and possibly the best 22 hours in New Zealand.
1. Night kayaking
A real highlight of our overnight trip is the opportunity to venture out onto the calm waters by kayak. Some of our crew will guide you across a sheltered cove where you can lie back and look up at the night sky as we tell you about the history of the area and the different constellations above you. Then for a few minutes we will float in silence, allowing you to absorb the peaceful sounds of nature around you.
When conditions are right, you may be lucky enough to see the beautiful phosphorescence at night, caused by the plankton in the water. Use your kayak paddle to gently provoke the magical displays of light. The Bay of Islands is one of the rare places in the world you can see this!
3. Tasting kina (sea urchin)
Depending on the day, you may be invited to try many different types of seafood whilst on board The Rock, including mussels, clams, fresh sashimi and cooked fish. However possibly the most unusual (and challenging!) is the sea urchins that we break open for you to taste.
4. Target shooting from a boat
When you first climb on board the boat (and after initial introductions), we’ll invite you to get to know your fellow boaties with some friendly target practice! Nothing to be afraid of - we get the engine started and take shots at a wooden duck dragged behind the back of the boat.
5. Wake up to a Bay of Islands sunrise
There’s something particularly special about sunrises at sea. Wake up early and watch from the deck (or your bed!) with your morning coffee – or even enjoy an early morning wake up swim with the crew before we have breakfast.
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"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...
"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...
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"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...
"13/10 experience. Highly recommended for all ages and types of travelers. We all had a great time & are planning another trip soon."