The Rock Adventure Cruise

The Rock Adventure Cruise


65 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

13 Boat Cruises

8 Paihia

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The Rock is a unique vessel based in the Bay of Islands.


The Rock is NZ’s biggest houseboat. Purpose built for cruising in the Bay of Islands she is a warm, homely & stable. The Rock is suitable for travelers of all ages who enjoy great company, new experiences & who don’t mind getting their feet wet.

Our overnight cruise allows guests to encounter everything the Bay has to offer & reflects the adventurous Kiwi spirit.The Rock features a spacious and open downstairs living area that includes a bar, dining area, lounge, pool table, piano and open fire.
Outside has an open deck that is the ideal platform for the onboard activities. Upstairs all cabins have sea views and doors that open onto observation decks perfect for viewing the scenery and wildlife.
Onboard activities include
• Target Shooting
• Dusk Fishing
• Night Kayaking
• Island Walks
• Swimming
• Kayaking
• Snorkelling
Dinner and breakfast are relaxed affairs and a great time to swap stories with other guests. Whether travelling in a group, as part of a tour, or on your own, you will feel at home from the moment you step aboard.


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United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The crew all welcomed us and remembered everyone's name from first introductions. We went snorkelling and caught Kina, which we ate afterwards. Free tea and coffee.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Thanks for reviewing our cruise Mark. Did you enjoy the kina? It is certainly an acquired taste! We'd love to host you again, safe travels

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Geraldine Sharrock


Ranking: 10/10

Incredible experience, the friendliest staff who worked super hard to make you feel at home. Loved snorkelling for Kina and was even brave enough to try it. The Bay of Islands is a must see and this trip was best way to see it. Rather than a rushed day trip, this trip meant you got the best of both worlds, seeing the islands at sunset and sunrise, as well as visiting Roberton Island and climbing up for panoramic views. Just do it!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Dear Geraldine,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. You're braver than most, kina is an acquired taste! We are certainly in a privileged position as the only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands and I'm glad that your experience exceeded expectations; we aim to please and of course hope to see you aboard again some time.
Kind Regards,
Amy - The Rock Adventure Cruise

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Overnight trip on the boat. All activities were great and the boat was amazing.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Dear Jess,
It means a lot that you would take the time to write this review. How fantastic that you enjoyed the cruise as much as we enjoyed hosting you! To see 10/10 and such a positive endorsement of the activities and The Rock makes all of our hard work worthwhile. I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your time in NZ and hope to see you aboard again some time.
Kind Regards,
Amy - The Rock Adventure Cruise

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Amanda Cook

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome crew, very friendly. Excellent attention to detail, got to know everyone's name. Activities were great. Fantastic value for money.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Dear Amanda,
Another 10/10, we must be doing something right! Thank you so much for writing this review, I showed the crew at our recent catch up and they, too, pass on their gratitude for acknowledging all of their hard work and ENERGY! How they remember everyone's names is beyond me, we're extremely lucky to have such a wonderful crew. As the only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands, we know how lucky we are, but it's humbling to see how our guests clearly love the experience as much as we do. Come back soon!
Kind Regards,
Amy - The Rock Adventure Cruise

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Rita Hochstiasser


Ranking: 9/10

Great experience and nice crew.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Rita, thank you for the review. I'm so happy to hear you had a great experience on board The Rock and our crew are just the best, we are very lucky to have them. :)

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Christina Rodewald


Ranking: 9/10

Night kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, paintball, island walk, swimming from the boat in the morning.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Christina, a lovely morning dip in the sea is so refreshing isn't it. Happy to see you took part in all our activities offered. Safe travels

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Ranking: 8/10

We thoroughly enjoyed The Rock. The crew were friendly, professional and fun all rolled into one.. The activities were great and again the crew just made the whole time happy and enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they always had the time to chat and be courteous. Beds were comfortable and clean and food was good. Would have liked to do a bit more fishing but overall the cruise was super!!!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

The Therese, thank you for your review. Fantastic to hear you had a great time and that our crew we always on hand to help. We have since added more fishing time to our schedule so next time you cruise with us, you'll get more fishing in :)

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Darren Abbott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic overnight trip in the Bay of Islands on a very friendly boat. Great range of activities such as fishing, kayaking and walking and lovely BBQ. Great value.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in December 2012

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Darren, thank you. Very pleased to know you had a great time cruising with us and enjoyed all of the activities provided.