Originally a car ferry with lots of history, this unique venue offers the complete great value accommodation, activity and fully catered package.

We are an EOTC with a difference!  Have you ever thought of having a class camping trip overnight on a boat in the beautiful Bay of Islands.  We work with a number of schools and colleges from New Zealand and abroad to provide a large stable venue, with heaps of activities, creating fun Education Outside the Classroom Adventures in a safe environment.  

The accommodation deck is upstairs giving sea views from every cabin. Downstairs is spacious and the dining area is configured as one long table so that everyone eats together. It is also retractable, allowing even more space when not in use.

Fishing, night kayaking, snorkeling and island exploring for the adventurous or make use of the pool table, piano and guitars. For the perfect relaxation, sit by the wood burning fireplace or watch the night sky. 

  • Eight cabins, with a variety of configurations
  • Up to 44 guests, depending on configuration
  • Student workshop area available
  • Knowledgeable, experienced onboard crew
  • Comprehensive Health and Safety Policy / Procedures
  • Fully catered, we can manage any dietary requirements
  • Accredited with QualmarkNZ, MaritimeNZ, member TIANZ and YHA


The Rock program is designed to encourage team work, self awareness, environment awareness and keep students engaged while having fun!

Contact our dedicated coordinator, Jonny who will answer any of your questions and ensure your group to create lasting memories.

Rock the Boat NZ! This overnight trip is great fun and well worth doing, particularly if travelling in a large group.Charlie G

Would do it again without a doubt! I did this on Wednesday and had the best time!Beeb93

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 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

Enviro Award Silver Tourism Industry Association NZ DOC NZ