Bay of Islands Day Cruise

Climb aboard for an action-packed day exploring the very best of the Bay of Islands!

Bay of Islands, New Zealand
6 hrs
Start time
8:15 am
Pick up & Drop off
Not included
Minimum age
All ages
Fitness level
FromNZD $128
Child: NZD $98
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  • Kayaking secluded bays

  • Snorkelling among unique marine life

  • Opportunity to catch fresh sea food ...including mussels!

  • Island walk often exploring WW11 remains or Maori fortifications

  • Beach games

  • Buffet Lunch included & a licensed bar

Why do we love this

"We love it because the Bay of Island Day Cruise is six hours of non-stop adventure!"


START: 8:15 AM END: 3:00 PM



Your Bay of Island Day Cruise starts with an early morning pick up at 8:15am from Paihia Wharf by our sea shuttle. From there you will be taken to a secluded bay to find 'The Rock' anchored and ready for your adventure!



After our safety briefing, we head out for a day of fun exploring the Bay of Islands. Take your pick from our many activities on offer including, kayaking, snorkelling, catching fresh sea food (including mussels if conditions allow), visiting beautiful scenic points, exploring WW11 remains & ancient Maori fortifications.



Enjoy plenty of free time on a remote beach which we will visit during the day – perfect for sunbathing, a game of cricket or beach volley ball!



On our return journey home we will cook up the day's catch ...mussels for lunch anyone? And keep our eye's peeled for dolphins, wild birds and other marine life. Eventually reaching Paihia Wharf at approximately 3pm.


What a day! Not long enough for you? Then check out our Bay of Islands Overnight Cruise.

Still want to know more? Check out Rock the Boat's blog here.

***Please read below FAQs for more information.***

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We provide almost everything you need for your Bay of Islands experience. However, we do recommend that you bring along a few personal items...

  • Nibbles and snacks (we eat as the sun goes down so this can be late)
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm jacket (NZ weather can change quickly) 
  • Camera (limited charging is available on board)
  • Bring just an overnight bag (we have limited space onboard)
  • Light footwear or sandals are fine (please NO hiking boots)
  • Cash or card  (we have EFTPOS)

If you have any special dietary requests or allergies, please contact us before you embark on the cruise.

The Rock Adventure Cruise leaves from the main wharf in central Paihia, where all Bay of Islands maritime activities are based from. Please be there ten minutes before pick up time and look out for our sign. Our crew will be there to greet you and take you to The Rock on our tender (smaller boat).

Staying in Russell? Just catch the passenger ferry over to Paihia - it runs three times per hour and takes approximately 15 minutes.

We have a fully-licensed bar on board, with a selection of New Zealand wines and beer. However, due to safety and licensing regulations please do not bring your own alcohol on board.


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Terms & Conditions:

All bookings will be instantly confirmed at the time of booking. Children are welcome. Children under 2 are free of charge. MINIMUM NUMBERS All departures are subject to Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Ltd minimum number of 10 guests being met. Should the minimum numbers not be reached Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Ltd reserve the right to cancel the trip and offer guests a full refund of the cruise price or transfer to another cruise date.

For full Ts & Cs please see suppliers website or call them directly on 0800 762527.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation within 3 days of arrival date: 100% forfeit of the total booking price.CANCELLATION BY GUEST govern Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Ltd's obligation to refund any payments made by you for the Overnight Cruise: If you cancel more than 72 hours prior to departure. Full Refund If you cancel more than 72 hours prior to departure. Forfeiture of the Full Price If you cancel your booking more than 72 hours prior to departure, Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Ltd will make every reasonable effort to re-sell your booking.
  • However, Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Ltd is under no obligation to take any extraordinary measures to try to fill your spot on the trip. ALTERATION OR CANCELLATION BY BAY OF ISLANDS ROCK CRUISES LTD All departures, activities & itineraries are subject to weather, tides & sea conditions. Bay of Islands Rock Cruises reserves the right to cancel any departure without prior notice in the interest of passenger comfort and safety. 

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The Rock Adventure Cruise
66 Marsden Rd, Paihia 0200, New Zealand


FromNZD $128
Child: NZD $98
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