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Full-Day Adventure Cruise with Lunch in Bay of Islands provided by The Rock Adventure Cruise

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Full-Day Adventure Cruise with Lunch in Bay of Islands

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Bay of Islands
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    The Rock Adventure Cruise
    Stop: 6 hours -
    After getting picked up at 8:15 am at the Paihia Wharf by sea shuttle,go on a smooth cruise to a remote and quiet bay where the main boat is anchored. After arrival and a quick safety brief, haul the anchor and get ready to explore the islands. Prepare for activities like Kayaking, snorkelling, gathering fresh sea food, exploring WWII remains, trekking across islands enjoying stunning vantage points and visiting ancient Maori fortifications. If conditions allow, 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). Get some time to enjoy the remote beaches, perfect for a game of beach cricket or volley ball. On the homeward cruise, enjoy those mussels, freshly steamed, and watch out for the abundant marine and bird life…hopefully even see dolphins! Arrival back at Paihia wharf is approximately at 3pm.
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Bay of Islands
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Departure Point
Bay of Islands, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North Island
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Buffet lunch
  • Local guide
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Be on the Paihia Wharf 15 minutes before departure time.
  • Bring swimsuits, towel and a warm jacket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Duff Man wrote a review Dec 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
We spent today with John and his crew and had an awesome day. Loved the boat (The Rock), loved the crew, loved the snorkeling, loved the kayaking, loved the food and the beer was cold. If you haven’t gathered yet, we loved it
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Response from 849jonathang, Front Office Manager at Full-Day Adventure Cruise with Lunch in Bay of Islands
Responded 11 Jan 2020
So happy to hear you loved our cruise! Sharing our backyard with amazing guests like you makes our job so much more satisfying. We'd definitely love to host you all again in the future. Safe travels
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Lynn Evans wrote a review Apr 2019
4 contributions
We got a bit of a shock when we arrived (2 couples)as we were so old compared with every one else but we were enthusiastically welcomed and had a great day. Wasn't going to snorkel as thought too cold but with a wet suit was fine. My 70 year old husband and I kayaked and our
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Date of experience: April 2019
Response from 849jonathang, Front Office Manager at Full-Day Adventure Cruise with Lunch in Bay of Islands
Responded 13 Apr 2019
Hi Lynne We are so pleased to hear you all had a great time Day Cruising with us and the experience made you all feel young again! Age ain't nothing but a number and you all proved that enthusiastically joining in and taking part in the activities! The crew loved hosting you all and maybe next time we'll have you out on an Overnight Adventure with us.
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Maria K wrote a review Jan 2019
3 contributions
My partner and I are on our way back to Auckland after a great trip on board The Rock! We were in Paihia for a special anniversary and decided to book the day cruise with lunch and we weren't disappointed... We went snorkelling, kayaking and had a great hike in between. The
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Response from overnightcruiser, Front Office Manager at Full-Day Adventure Cruise with Lunch in Bay of Islands
Responded 19 Jan 2019
Thanks for joining us on our Day Cruise and we hope you enjoyed celebrating your Anniversary up in the Bay of Islands! Our Overnight Cruise is a great option when you have visitors, whether they are kiwi's or from overseas it's the prefect way to showcase the best of the Bay in just 22 hours! Look forward to cruising with you again.
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LinMark2016 wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom11 contributions2 helpful votes
What a great day it was and that was even before the dolphins came to play ! Pete and his “deckie” OJ picked us up at Paihia and gave us a fantastic little water taxi trip across the bay to meet the RockBoat , giving us lots of local info . Then to RocktheBoat . This day
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Date of experience: December 2018
Response from overnightcruiser, Front Office Manager at Full-Day Adventure Cruise with Lunch in Bay of Islands
Responded 18 Dec 2018
It's always extra special when the dolphins show up! Stoked that you enjoyed our action-packed day cruise and we can't wait to welcome you back on an overnighter! See you again.
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Destination759375 wrote a review Mar 2018
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The adventure day cruise delivered everything it promised--a relaxing day around the islands, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, delicious lunch, and an amazing crew. The boat is not fancy but everything is clean and in proper working order. The whole crew is super nice and
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Response from Jonathan G, Owner at Full-Day Adventure Cruise with Lunch in Bay of Islands
Responded 6 Mar 2018
Thanks so much for the great review. I'm very happy to hear you had an awesome cruise, you're right we're not a "fancy" boat - we prefer the term unique charm ;) We'd definitely love to host you again, so next time you join us be sure to let us know you've cruised before. Safe travels
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By: The Rock Adventure Cruise
fun fun !!
this is great way to spend a couple of days and see some great sights on the ocean . great group of kids working on
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Great fun
I just did the overnight cruise on The Rock. I had a great time! The crew, Jonny, Sam and Nicole were lovely - prof
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Awesome night out
We did the overnight cruise and it was super fun!!! Nothing quite like it, lots of adventure/activities but also pl
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The Rock
Outstanding trip with professional, hospitable hosts and skippers. Great mix of activities, stunning scenery and de
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Amazing experience
This experience was one of the highlights of my study abroad trip. The crew was so friendly and fun and among all t
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Vibeke J
The best cruise
Absolutely amazing overnight cruise. Fun activities, beautiful sights and best of all a crew that whent out og thei
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A++++++ Loved this trip on Rock the Boat :)
Jonny and his team are amazing highly highly recommend this trip was fabulous for two adults an two kids A++++++
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We had an amazing time. Loads of exciting activities, and crew are wonderful. DEFINITELY WORTH IT, MUST DO!
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Fantastic day out...highly recommended
I highly recommend The Rock Adventure Cruise. We went on the day cruise and had an absolute blast. The staff are f
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Fabulous memories created
What a fantastic trip! I need to start with the crew, who really make this trip what it is! They were so good at ex
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Jenny T
Fantastic day
Great boat trip. Beautiful views and lots to do in terms of snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming. Lunch
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Fantastic Adventure
This is one of the best excursions I have ever been on. Jonny and his crew are so welcoming, friendly, and knowledg
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Must do!
We had a great time on this cruise! So many activities packed into one trip - favorite part was the kayaking and hi
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Zoe L
A magical overnight experience
I could not recommend the overnight trip highly enough. The range of activities we did took me by surprise and kept
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Would totally recommend!
Loved the crew - Johnny, Nicole and Sam!! They helped make Labour weekend a super fun one with their knowledge of t
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