We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted

The only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands.

Day 1


Departs at 5pm, grab a drink and enjoy a 2-3hr cruise out to the islands. Give the target shooting a go as we cruise. Once on anchor in a sheltered bay we’ll do a spot of dusk fishing. A healthy snapper baked on the barbecue is a welcome addition to an already delicious buffet dinner (subject to guest’s fishing ability, of course!). 

Later you can choose to go night kayaking to marvel in the phosphorescence (some call it “fairy dust”) and lie back for a star-gazing session - your guide will point out the major constellations, planets and galaxies. If you’re still up for action, you can jump in the sea for a night swim before settling in for a drink by the fire.

Day 2
START: 8:00 AM, END: 3:00 PM

Sunrise at sea is spectacular – you can watch it from your bed if you’re not an early bird! The breakfast bell goes at 8am. We serve a traditional kiwi breakfast and then haul anchor and get underway for an exploration of the islands. If you’re up early enough, you might even get a chance for a quick wake-up swim with the crew.

Kayaking, snorkeling, gathering fresh sea food, exploring WWII remains, trekking across islands enjoying stunning vantage points and visiting ancient Maori fortifications. 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.

Locations visited
The Rock Adventure Cruise
Immerse yourself in the Bay of Islands...
The Ultimate Bay of Islands Boat Cruise!

The only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands, offering snorkeling, kayaking, island walks and the opportunity to catch or collect seafood. Come aboard The Rock for a truly unique experience - with a homely atmosphere, a warm welcome from our crew and a variety of awesome activities to keep you entertained and immersed in this amazing part of the world.

Departing from Paihia Wharf, this is the best way to spend 22 hours in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. 

The Rock Classic Overnight Cruise is a tour of the Bay of Islands with loads of fun activities like target shooting, dusk fishing, night kayaking, snorkeling, island exploring, informative chats with our knowledgeable crew and more.

Accommodation in a shared cabins, all activities, BBQ buffet dinner, breakfast and lunch included.

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • All-inclusive tour
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Excellent value for money
Filter reviews
38 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsnight kayakingnew zealandtimobioluminescencemaxactivitiesfuncrewtripboat
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 38 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Awesome trip

Beautiful landscape, a cool place to stay and a very very friendly and helpful stuff! I really enjoyed staying at the Rock.

Thank traveljulchen1981
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great adventure cruise, just got a bit cold!

This was certainly a whirlwind adventure. We were very unlucky on our first day with torrential rain, rocky seas and cold temperatures. The staff however were fantastic and great at keeping everyone in good spirits (even those that were feeling seasick). The paintballing and fishing...More

Thank Jess R
Jonathan G, Owner at The Rock Adventure Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jess, thank you for your review. Happy to hear you had a great time despite the weather not being the greatest on the first night. How lucky you were to see dolphins in their natural habitat - they are a sight to behold. We...More

Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile
Not that action packed

It is defiantly not an action packed cruise a few disappointments I had when being on the cruise are when asked about being gluten free it was asked is it a life style choice or allergy that should not matter which one and be catered...More

Thank Shelly M
Jonathan G, Owner at The Rock Adventure Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Hi Shelly, Our standard question for any dietary notes is to ask if it is lifestyle choice or allergy and then, on to how severe. Anaphylaxis is life threatening and it is paramount that this is clarified before departing, it must be ensured that if...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Very good if you want adventure with your cruise

My partner and I knew this was an adventure cruise when we signed up. That pushed me out of my comfort zone but my partner dived right in and gave everything a go. It is a backpacker type experience with mostly bunk accomodation and basic...More

1  Thank Emma W
Jonathan G, Owner at The Rock Adventure Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hi Emma, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We value all feedback we received. I'm pleased to hear you and your partner enjoyed yourselves. I see the night kayaking was your highlight as it is with many of our guests. The...More

Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile
Do it.

Great staff, beautiful scenery and really entertaining and gorgeous activities. Was an absolute blast, enjoyed every second of it. Only bad thing is that it's just 1 night

1  Thank Lars R
Jonathan G, Owner at The Rock Adventure Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Awesome thanks Lars!!!

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
andrew c
11 April 2018|
Response from Denver K | Reviewed this property |
Most likely yes! They only have so many cabins and when I went on the cruise I had to share with four others in a room with bunk beds to fit six people.
Travellers Also Viewed
Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland
163 Reviews
from US$ 160.30*
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour...
124 Reviews
from US$ 101.90*
Far North New Zealand Tour including...
7 Reviews
from US$ 101.90*
Private Tour: Bay of Islands Day Trip...
2 Reviews
from US$ 319.20*