If your accommodation is locked in elsewhere, then the day cruise is for you. Six hours of non-stop cruising and adventure. Our knowledgeable crew will ensure that you spot all that the Bay of Islands has to offer.
Shuttle out to The Rock, go snorkelling, enjoy an island walk and lunch back on the boat, all of which are included. Or consider our other cruise options if you would like to experience, sleeping on the water.
Note: A child is aged 2-11yrs.
Itinerary Start: 8:15 am, End: 3:00 pm
You'll get picked up at 8.15 am at the Paihia Wharf by our sea shuttle who will take you on a smooth cruise to a remote and quiet bay where The Rock has been anchored overnight. After arrival and a quick safety brief we haul anchor and get underway for an exploration of the islands.
Kayaking, snorkelling, gathering fresh sea food, trekking across islands enjoying stunning vantage points. If conditions allow, we'll gather mussels from the kelp-covered outer reefs to enjoy on the way home (along with the unique experience of eating sea urchins raw if you're brave enough).
You will have time to enjoy the remote beaches - perfect for a game of beach cricket or volley ball.
On the homeward cruise, we'll enjoy those mussels, freshly steamed, and watch out for the abundant marine and bird life...hopefully we'll even see dolphins! We arrive back at Paihia wharf at approximately 3pm.
Think you want more activities or want to stay on board The Rock longer? Then maybe The Rock Overnight Cruise is for you. Perhaps your time is a bit more limited but you still fancy sleeping aboard a boat? Then we suggest The Rock Bed & Breakfast Overnight Cruise.
Highlights & Activities
- Packed Lunch
- Island Expedition
- Beach Games
- Licensed Bar
- Try Fresh Seafood
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 place I fell in love with NZ. The most amazing thing I did on my month trip to New Zealand.TheJills, USA
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