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YHA Bay of Islands The Rock Cruise

The Wharf, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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So you like to get your feet a bit wet? For an activity-packed, nature-filled experience on the water, visit our hostel in New Zealand.

10 or more people?

Bay of Islands Hostel

Hostel Bay of Islands

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

YHA Bay of Islands, The Rock all-inclusive overnight adventure cruise is New Zealand’s biggest house boat! She is purpose built and offers a warm, homely, stable environment for cruising the Bay of Islands. With a capacity of 36, the Rock is suitable for travellers of all ages who enjoy great company, new experiences, and who don’t mind getting their feet wet. The overnight cruise allows guests to encounter everything the Bay has to offer and 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 and 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.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A BOOKING REQUEST. Our team will come back to you to confirm your booking as soon as possible.


Prices are non-member prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car parking nearby
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available pre check in
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 16:00 to 17:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +64 9 402 7796

Fax. +64 9 402 7730

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Cape Reinga (More than 10km)
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds (2 to 3km)
  • Historic Russell (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



The Rock Cruise personnel claimed that they did not receive any notice of our reservation. They had no cruise planned for the day of our reservation, Sunday, 26 Oct., nor any cruise for the next three days. We left NZ on Thursday and were, thus, unable to reschedule anything. Hence no basis for ratings. Please facilitate a refund of our deposit. Thank you.


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Sat 01 Nov 2014


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (Less than 500m)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Team-Building

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