The Rock Adventure Cruise

The Rock Adventure Cruise

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MARK CURPHEY

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 2 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

England

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 3 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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Jess

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 3 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 over 4 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

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience and nice crew.

Reviewed almost 5 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

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 6 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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ThereseShore

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 over 6 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 over 6 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.

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Bethelanna

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

My friend and I have just returned from a trip on The Rock, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough!!

Right from the offset the staff were friendly, attentive and extremely helpful, taking on a role of someone you trusted with your safety and someone to have a laugh with!
The fishing was great fun, and even though we only caught two fish between us (one for bait and one teeny snapper!) and didn't get anything for tea we were chuffed! Night fell and we were insanely lucky that we had a clear night - the stars were breathtaking, we could see the arm of the Milky way! This was great for me as a massive star nerd knowing very little about Southern Hemisphere and with such knowledgeable staff by the end I was actually recognising constellations!
One of the greatest parts of the trip was night swimming - apart from the freezing water which was bracing to say the least(!), the luminescence of the water coupled with the stars being so bright was without a doubt the most insane and awesome thing I have EVER seen!
The food was great - so tasty and a very wide range, enough for every taste and steaks were cooked to order, such a good touch.
The next day we kayaked to a beach and after climbing to the viewpoint (which was well worth the steep climb!) went snorkelling for Kina, which was such good fun!! We managed to get a fair few and after going back to the beach and sunbathing a while we went back to the boat to try them. They're surprisingly good I've got to admit! We had a shooting competition off the back of the boat (which had a champion pretty quick after only one person got a shot!) which was awesome!
The boat was very very clean, particularly the bed sheets which were great!!

I literally could write a book on things which were epic so I'll leave it here - but if you have the opportunity to go on The Rock, don't think twice!!!

Thank you Jonny, Janine and Braiden for an amazing trip :)

Reviewed about 7 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Bethelanna

Wow, thank you for so much for the amazing review. We take great pride in creating an awesome experience for our guests and being part of them creating and sharing lifelong memories. Pity about not catching any keepers during fishing, but hey it's all about the experience isn't it. How lucky you were to have a clear night and be able to see the Milky Way in all its glory. Thanks again for the great review, we hope you may be able to join us again. Safe travels

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Lisa Ruhfus

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really great trip in the Bay of Islands, lots of young people and a great price.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Lisa, thanks so much!

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Mike1952

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What can one say that hasn't been said? Must be one of the best trips in NZ. Never a dull moment!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Mike, we have to agree! Thank you so much

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graemec

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience

Grate value for money FUN FUN FUN for all
Just awesome

Reviewed over 7 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Graeme, great to hear you had an awesome time and tonnes of fun!

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Laurent_F

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very good experience.
People are nice and friendly
I think it is the best way to visit one of the nicest place in NZ

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Laurent

Thank you for your review, so happy to hear you had a great experience cruising with us

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Thierry Meylan

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect, good prices and you discover a lot.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Thanks Thierry, we appreciate your kind review :)

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Johanna & Mark

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very good on board entertainment. Nice and caring crew. Lots of activities. Good to meet new people.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Johanna & Mark, thanks for your review - happy to hear to have a good time and enjoyed your experience with us.

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English_Mark

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Found a leaflet about The Rock on the South Island somewhere, thought it would be a good finish to our holiday. We couild not have hoped for more - they done "exactly what they said on the tin". We appreciated that it was probably more of a single persons' thing but the activities appealled to us with a son of 11 and daughter of 6 who are pretty active kids. The activites were long enough to get a feel of things, especially for the kids. We had no issues with the children's safety. They very much enjoyed being treated as an equal by the crew, all of whom were excellent, having time to talk to the children whenever they asked something (as kids do). Overall an excellent end to our holiday and we would not hesitate to recommend The Rock to anyone (I think our son has put in to work there already!)

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2010

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Mark, thank you for taking the time to review our product. We take great pride in creating an experience that is enjoyable to people of all ages, singles, groups, families and anyone else in between. We're so happy to hear you all had a fantastic time and took part in all we have to offer. Maybe we'll host you and your lovely family again some time. Safe travels

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Sarah Pattis

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Island exploration with good soundtrack and booze. Shooting, night kayaking, snorkelling and seafood feast.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Sarah, aren't the islands just beautiful? The view from the tops are spectacular. We are so pleased you got to experience this and the other activities provided with us on The Rock

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frednovella

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic product which gave us the chance to experience the real Bay of Islands with a dedicated crew that took the time to give us all the facts of each area we visited. Great casual athmosphere on board which is what you are looking for when you visit such splendid islands. Professional team with great level of safety for everyone. As a NZ resident i will definately recommend to friends and visitors alike and hope to return soon with a group of mates. Thanks again to all the team

Reviewed over 8 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Fred, thank you for taking the time to review our product. We'd love to host you and your friends so they can experience what it's like to be on The Rock Adventure Cruise! We are extremely lucky to be nestled in the magnificent Bay of Islands - it provides a stunning backdrop for us and with all the beautiful wildlife to see its just amazing.

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vbleminz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience that we will never forget! Enjoyed having the chance to do everything in one go. Excellent value for money & crew were so inviting. Will be recommending to all my friends & no doubt will be back to do it all again :o)

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi, so stoked to hear you had an amazing experience cruising with us and of course we'd absolutely love to host you again! Safe travels

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jblack

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was the best thing I have done in NZ so far. It packs all the things I wanted to do in the Bay of Islands in one place. I think one of the best parts are the crew. They are so friendly and really make the experience worth it. You will be missing out if you leave the area without doing the Rock overnight cruise!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

What a great review, thanks! We and our crew just love what we do and it shows for sure. We are also very lucky to have the beautiful Bay of Islands as a stunning backdrop to help create the amazing experiences for our guests.

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Clem

France

Ranking: 10/10

The highlight of our trip in North New Zealand! Amazing staff (they even remember your name throughout the whole cruise!), lots of different activities, impressive scenery and lots of interesting people to meet! The night kayaking is just unbelievable. It is so worthwhile!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Clem, yes our crew are pretty darn amazing at remember every guests name. Its small touches like this that help us stand out in the crowd! We're so pleased to hear The Rock was a highlight of your time in New Zealand and of course we'd love to host you again should you ever grace our shores again. Safe travels

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Mareike G

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A perfect overnight trip

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Awesome!

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flozi

France

Ranking: 10/10

An ancient transportation boat refurbished in a cruise and activities boat ! It is a 22 hours overnight cruise from 5pm to 3 the following day.
The crew is simply amazing ! Warm welcome, everyone is smiling, and everything has been thought so that you feel at home, and trust me, you do !!!
The best part was the night kayaking and swimming if you were brave enough, with those phosporescent algaes that glow at every movment !
Bring your sense of humour, swimsuit and that is all that you need !

Reviewed over 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Flozi, thank you for taking the time to review our product. Our crew are a huge part of our success and also creating an amazing experience for our guests. I love it - 'bring your sense of humour, swimsuit and that is all you need!', sounds like a pretty great catchphrase to me

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Stefanie E

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great boat with experienced and friendly staff, nice atmosphere, good organisation or relaxing activities, good price, night kayaking was great with the clearest sky ever

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Stefanie, thanks for your review. We're stoke to hear you had a blast cruising with us!

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lorna haigh

England

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic experience, an absolute must for anyone visiting Paihia. Great crew, tonnes of activities, fantastic value for money, i have told all my friends about it and will definitely be booking to go on The Rock again, thank you

Reviewed over 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Lorna, you are most welcome and thank you for the love review. We are very pleased to hear you had a fantastic experience cruising on The Rock

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Angela Stringer

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Our best 2 days in NZ! Thanks to the wonderful crew for taking the time to talk to us & get to know all our names!! We've told EVERYBODY... friends, family & other 'strangers' we've met in our travels. Your activities kept the 2 'oldies' and the 17yr old fully occupied & inspired to see the area. We hope to come back again someday & join you again to see your beautiful part of the world. We have some great photos & memories of our time on 'The Rock'.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Angela, thank you for the lovely review. We pride ourselves in promoting that we are an adventure cruise for all ages and your comment proves it once again! We love that and your family had a ball on The Rock and we would gladly host you again some time. Safe travels

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simone_m

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great trip! Good value to money when you consider that you are getting meals, a nights accommodation, a boat trip and activities. The crew worked really hard to get to know everyone and make sure there was always lots to do. Its a much better way to experience the bay of islands then on a crowded touristy 3hr boat trip

Reviewed over 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Simone, thanks for your review. We are a small family owned operation and we really value the fact that we get to know our guests on our cruise. Our crew are fantastic and add to the awesome experience and we love that you had a blast on The Rock!

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sianac

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Loved it!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Awesome!

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Moritz Scheuer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

By far the best 2 days on my trip through NZ! A must do! Crew and captain jonny are the best! Loved it and would do it again...

Reviewed over 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Moritz, you are so very welcome!

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Love2Travel146

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was a great experience. Lots of activities which we really enjoyed and fantastic staff who really made the whole trip amazing.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Awesome to hear! Thank you

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Jackie Anderson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience!!! Great staff , great activities,great fun,great food, great locations. Absolutely loved it!!!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in September 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Jackie, great review - thank you. Super to hear you had a blast cruising with us! Safe travels

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Tiare Boyes

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome Cruise, the staff are amazing and the sea urchin row is delicious!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Glad you loved the cruise... and there is plenty more Kina here anytime you are back in the Bay.

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GoodTimes

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Although it is a long time ago that we did this overnight cruise, now that I have joined Rankers, I think it is a good idea to write a review because we enjoyed the trip so much. Staff members are amazing - they remember everybody's first names immediately and make you feel like old friends! A variety of activities make it a really good experience for anybody - there were no other children on the boat, but ours still had a very good time. This was one of the highlights of our holiday.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

We are very pleased to hear you and your family had a fantastic experience cruising on The Rock. Our crew work really hard to help create and inviting, homely feel on the boat whilst adding fun activities and laughter for our guests.

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zenzen

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The price of this trip I think is excellent, considering the number of activities available (there is never a chance to be bored!). The crew was exceptional, the best crew of any tour (particularly boat tour) I've ever been on. They all learn everyone's names (not an easy feat), and are heaps of fun to just hang out with. They clearly love what they do.
We were so lucky to see an amazing dolphin display, and had great weather. I would definitely recommend, and would go again if I had the chance!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Thank you so much we are glad you enjoyed what we do! Those sneaky dolphins always seem to pop up when I'm not on the boat. Luckily Jonny got some photos for me. We would love to have you back again :0) Safe Travels, Sarah (And Jonny, and the crew who are out enjoying some more stunning Bay of Islands weather on the boat.)

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Mark Coetzee

South Africa

Ranking: 10/10

I would like to say that the trip on the Rock was one of the most enjoyable trips I have been fortunate enough to experience. I would highly recommend this event to anyone travelling to NZ. There are any number of great activities to select in NZ and I think that as far as value for money, hospitality, event types etc that this ranks right up there.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Mark, thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear you had a blast on your Rock Adventure Cruise experience!

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Dale Baker

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I'm a travel agent and took my group on this unique experience. The staff were so friendly and worked tirelessly. Sarah was wonderful and very accommodating to work with prior to departure and Jonny while on board was fabulous. My group loved the activities and the kayaking experiences, beach hike, fishing, and we slept like babies! This is really a high quality, good value tour. If you're looking for a luxury cruise out in the Bay of Islands, this isn't it. But if you're looking to meet lots of other travelers, great staff, and have a completely different experience with opportunities to do and see things you might not normally do or see, then I highly recommend. My entire group (quite diverse in age, sex and general fitness level) all loved it! Thanks Rock the Boat!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in January 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Dale, wow what a fantastic review - thank you! We are so happy to hear you and your group had an absolute ball cruising with us on The Rock. We work hard to create and share life long memories for our guests. Safe Travels

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GEM

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a fabulous experience,being in our fifties ,we werent sure if this would be our cup of tea.But what a fun experience.The young crew are enthusiastic and attentive.It was great meeting so many young travellers all with travel stories to share.Value for money its a 10 plus.Like all adventures you get out what you put in My advice is to have a go at everything if you have never experience kayaking,swimming in the dark,feeding fish snorkelling then give it a go.Definitely would like to bring a couple of friends plus the rest of the family to experience this very unique Kiwi experience and we are Kiwis.!!!Great to see a young couple getting stuck in!!!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in January 2009

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debbiehinman

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

The most fun I have had in ages! A wonderful two days and one night stay aboard a comfy fun boat with a lively lovely crew! Great fun, affordable and such a beautiful setting. I wholeheartedly recommend it for couples, families, singles and even those not wild about the sea. The food was yummy and plentiful, drinks affordable and a great way to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary! I would do it again in a flash!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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duncan spokes

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

If you can only afford one big activity in the Bay of Islands then this is the one to do! Its a real taste of everything this area is good for and then a few extra's.
I think this is one of the best value experiences available in NZ.
The crew were great, the food was perfect, the activities were fun. Plus I also had time to enjoy the scenery and chillout. I will never forget the night kayaking and witnessing the magical phosphorescent light show in the water.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Liliana Tello

Mexico

Ranking: 10/10

This has been the best activity during my whole exchange period in NZ. Sarah, Jonny and the crew where the best in giving us an AMAZING trip in the lovely bay of islands. It was SOOO much fun, and they were so friendly that it was hard saying goodbye!!!! It is also amazing how many things thy have to do in so little time... time fliees when you are having fun!!!! They make sure each and everyone of us on the boat had a great experience and we all got A LOT more than we expected!!!! with all the activities, great food and lovely scenery, few things in the world can top THE ROCK experience!!!! you won't find a more personalized, fun-packed, warm crew and experience anywhere else in the Bay of Islands, these guys really ROCK!!!!!!! thanx!!!!!!!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Christopher East

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

we were the lucky crew invited to shoot the promo video for The Rock in 2008.... it was truly one of the easiest shoots we have had yet - The Rock (and her crew) and the cruise sell themselves on their own and need very little in the way of promotional tricks or techniques...

A crew - and captain - who are, not only, eager to please but they manage to deliver at all times. The priority with The Rock is to provide one of your most memorable experiences whilst in NZ and they certainly do that...

We spent a few trips onboard and saw constant satisfaction with all of the guests on each cruise.

I can highly recommend this trip as a must do whilst in NZ and even for local Kiwis, too...

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in October 2008

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Tia Lanzetta

United States

Ranking: 9/10

The Rock was recommended by a nearby caravan park owner when I asked for a great snorkeling experience, and I owe him my thanks! Great snorkeling, kayaking and camaraderie. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and the owner/captain made sure it all ran smoothly.
I wasn't thrilled with the BBQ-lamb-chops-and-some-other-meat-for-dinner, but am primarily vegetarian and didn't ask for anything special. The breakfast was great!
The same-sex bunk bed accommodations were cozy, to put it nicely, but fine for a 50-year-old hosteller.
I highly recommend this experience - to me it was the best of the Bay of Islands, and I feel like I met the best of New Zealand's soft adventure seekers!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Tia, I would love to know which caravan park owner recommending us so we can say Thank you! People like him are invaluable to a small family run business like ours. If you do remember (I know it was a while ago) could you please email me. Do you have any suggestions for a vegetarian option, we use the vegetarian burger patties but would be great to hear what you would like. Safe Travels Sarah and Jonny

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Laura Mueller

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. It's good for all ages!! Being from Canada I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about NZ and it's environment. With the captain's science degree, he shared so much knowledge about sealife, natural flora and the land. It was a great balance of having great fun, eating amazing food!!! and learning such awesome things about this great country!!
The highlight for me was the phosphorescence with night kayaking- that was unreal!!! and I loved getting out and snorkeling, exploring some of the islands, and having those dolphins come RIGHT beside the boat!!
Not every company does and has it all- but this boat cruise was packed with fun stuff that i didn't get to do anywhere else.
Make it part of your trip

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

We just love the phosphorescence too. Everyone always comes back buzzing after seeing it! It's been fantastic over the last few weeks. Thanks for the recommendation Laura. Safe Travels, Sarah and Jonny

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Eric Guthey

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Our family took the cruise on the Rock in late September. We had a really great time and would recommend it to anyone. The boat is unique-- rustic, comfortable, and charming. The owners and the crew were delightful. They were all really great with our kids, treating them like equals and giving them the run of the boat while watching out for their safety at the same time. Our nine year old especially had a fantastic time fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, night swimming, playing pool, taking target practice, tide-pooling, and getting Johnny to let her steer the skiff on the way back from Roberton Island. Hard to believe we crammed all of that into 24 hours. Great value for money!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Eric, thanks for your feedback. We love that you and your family had a blast cruising with us. Lets face it we're all just big kids at heart and having children on cruises brings that side out in us every time and we love it!

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jbdetwiler

United States

Ranking: 10/10

i would recommend this trip to anyone visiting the bay of islands. great way to see the scenery in a relaxing way with lots of activity options. my boat experience was full of a very friendly crew and lots of friendly passengers. the crew was encouraging and helpful without impeding on your personal time on the boat. you can truly involve yourself as much as you like. good food, great fun, fabulous trip. and i didn't find it to be pricey at all, well worth it.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in January 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Awesome to know you had a great time creating memories on your cruise. We'd love to host you again some time. Safe travels

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Ashleigh Thomas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This cruise was great value for money and a great experience. A lot of activities to try and a classic kiwi BBQ for dinner. The crew were extremely friendly and made us feel welcome. Apart from our snoring room mate :) the accommodation was nice. I especially enjoyed the night kayaking.

Thanks for a great time. I would recommend this to anyone.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in January 2009

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Alex D'Souza

United Kingdom

Ranking: 2/10

Cancelled a couple of hours before we were meant to leave (by email). We were actually at the harbour waiting to board when we got the news though. Shame, because the other reviews on here suggest it should be good, but i would highly recommend a follow up email to check your boat is still going (not enough people in our case), before driving any long distance for the boat trip.
Probably not such a problem in high season, but worth a follow up email or you'll be looking for alternative accommodation with little notice.
It's a "2" instead of a "1" as they met us at the harbour to apologise!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

We are very sorry that there was not enough people to run your cruise (Cancelling is our least favourite part of the job and do it very rarely). We did offer to help you find accommodation & activities as well as driving you where you needed to go & to help carry your bags to your car in an effort to make up for the inconvenience we caused you. All of these offers were turned down. In light of your comments all guests are asked to contact us 24hrs before the cruise. Safe Travels, Sarah and Jonny

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Hannah

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had a fantastic time despite the wind and the rain! On a sunny day would be even more awesome! A really cool boat to stay on and really friendly crew.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Thanks Hannah, I'm sure you are enjoying the sun this week. Fingers crossed it stays for a little while longer.

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Wayne Thomas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My daughter and very good friend from the US did the overnight trip with Jonny and crew. A nicer bunch of people you could never meet. From the moment we got on the long boat until the dropped us back at the wharf the next afternoon, we were looked after in the most wonderful manner possible. The fun we had with the crew, the fun we had with our fellow passengers was a something I will always remember. Jonny himself is a top bloke for a pom (ha ha) and was always ready to talk and have a laugh. The crew were full of fun and could take a good ribing and give back as good as they got. My daughter and american friend enjoyed themselves taking part in all the activities and I did at many as i wanted to as well. I was quite content to sit there most of the time with a line over the side and I was absolutely stoked with the BBQ. Good kiwi kai and a cold beer on a boat with good friends and new ones as well. What more could you ask. Okay so the boat is no ocean liner. Who cares? it is a charming vessel and people should accept it for what the experience is. I will return with my wife and other children one day, that you can guarantee. I have made a lifelong friend in Jonny and whenever I am in Paihia will stop by to say hello even if not going on the cruise. Top marks guys. Job well done. Keep up the good work
Big Wayne.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in January 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Wayne, thank you for your wonderful review. We love to read awesome feedback from our guests like this. Our crew work really hard to create a relaxed but fun environment for all our guests. We are very happy to hear you "get" what The Rock is all about - from the uniqueness of the boat itself to the crew, activities and guests. It creates the wonderful experience that you can only get from cruising with us and of course we would absolutely love to host you and your wife & other children some too day. Until the, safe travels

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Jamie Hicks

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The cruise was an amazing 24hours, one of the highlights of my new zealand trip. Every crue member was so nice and we all had a really good trip. If your thinking of visiting the bay of islands, book this cruise, you wont be disapointed

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Jamie, thanks for your review - we're happy to hear you had a blast on The Rock!

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rwales

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

My wife and I got engaged on this amazing trip. The trip was truly one of my best experiences in NZ.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2007

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Woohoo congratulations!!!

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max w

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

it was a wonderful experience. snorkeling, swiming, fine BBQ, nice crew.
My first cruse was in February 2008, I`ve just booked my second trip for January 2010!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2008

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Max, Be great to see you aboard again and to meet your girlfriend.

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Kilian Lankes

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Near to "perfect trip"... fishing, swimming, nature information, pretty good staff.... good food too ;-) not cheap but it was worth its price!!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Kilian, thanks for your review - great to hear you had a blast and enjoyed the food too :)

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RentonDarcy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Although we enjoyed several parts of the cruise, I don't think that it was made clear how physically demanding some aspects of it were. If you want to swim in the sea at nighttime, fine, but unless you can haul yourself back out again (something that I think a number of people can't do and is overlooked by the buff and sporty male crew) then expect to be humiliated in front of smirking onlookers. A simple addition of a ladder would've saved two or three people some blushes.

Also on the physical side, the small boat trip out to Roberton Island was a total let down; several people ended up bruised and battered from being asked to climb out into rough-ish waves when the boat wasn't properly tethered and the sea was too murky to see anything while snorkeling.

Overall it was a pleasant enough experience; we enjoyed the food and the concept very much but I'd say it's a pretty physical experience and with no ice breakers with other guests, you have to be rather outgoing to make any kind of conversation with others.

I'm glad we went but we wouldn't go again.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

I think our crew would love to be described as buff and sporty, so thanks! (Wish I fit that description) Our normal practice is that they are there to help you back into the boat but we have had a number of people mention a ladder would be great to save the blushing so we are in the process of getting one. Although we've had no reports of people being bruised, I am very sorry if that slipped past our crew as we are involved with every guest on a first name basis. Safe Travels, Sarah

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mattp83

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A magical night out set amongst the most amazing scenery- the night time kayaking was the best!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Matt, night kayaking is certainly a highlight for many guests including yourself. We are so lucky to be able to show our guests the stunning scenery we have here in the Bay of Islands.

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amyamy05

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I travelled up to Paihi specifically to go on this cruise and it is by far the best experience I have had. The value for money was fantastic! It truly is a "kiwi experience" the food, the activities, the boat and the crew! Had such a great time and have recommended it to everyone!If there was an 11 on this scale this cruise would most definately get that!!!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2008

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Amy, we are so happy you came specifically to cruise with us and had the best experience! We love creating and sharing lifelong memories with our guests and showing off our spectacular part of the world. We'd love to host you again some time

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Jess Hickman

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Going on this trip was a last minute decision for me, and I'm so glad I did it. The Rock the Boat cruise is in my personal top 3 awesome experiences I had of my whirlwind 6 week NZ trek. The whole experience was choice - from fishing off the back of the boat to night time kayaking, breaking on one of the many island to socializing with the fun and lively crew. I thought this was a great value for dollar when I look at all the adventures that were crammed into the day. I had such a great experience that I bought this package for two of my closest friends to enjoy as a gift.
This was a unique experience. I loved the fact that they remade an old car ferry to become a floating dorm/pub/holiday resort. I think that having a number of travellers as members of the crew brings great flavour. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary, and ready to have a sweet as time :)

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in January 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Jess, Meagan and Allan are all booked on! They sound like a fun couple, fingers crossed I'll be out on the boat to meet them. If not I am sure Jonny will fill me in.
Sarah

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Peter88

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

At $178 for food, accomodation and a heap of activities including fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, and an island stop, I certainly found this cruise value for money, especially compared to what it would have cost to do all of these independently!
The boat has real character and the crew were super friendly. Would definitely recommend this cruise if you're in the Bay of Islands.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Peter, the boat sure does have character and her charm is part of the entire Rock experience. We are so happy to hear you had a great time cruising with us and thank you for your recommendation

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straw64

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Too expensive ... this activity should advertise that its for Back Packers and not the general tourism industry. Some activities are good, but otherwise the boat is in need of re-furbishment. Definitely for a low-budget visitor used to "roughing" it.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

We are very sorry you didn't find the cruise good value. We aim our marketing at an active traveler who wants to get out there, have real Kiwi experiences & meet other like minded people. The boat itself is unique as it's a converted car ferry. We see this as an example of the Kiwi ingenuity you see all across NZ. We are constantly trying to improve and realise we are not perfect and would love to hear any recommendations to help us achieve this. Please feel free to email. Safe Travels, Sarah

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landlord

New Zealand

Ranking: 3/10

For Budget tourists ... food is basic and surroundings show wear and tear, one feels cheap when returning to the Pier at Paihia kind of like a refugee pulling up alongside all the 'Flash Boats'... too expensive in its pricing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Thanks for your review. We're very sorry that expectations were not met. We do our very best to portray the cruise as a great experience aboard a unique vessel in a stunning region & never promote ourselves as a luxury product. We hope that although the vessel and food didn't fulfill expectations that you enjoyed meeting our great guests and the variety of activities you were invited to participate in. We are always looking for ways to improve so please feel free to email.
Safe Travels,
Sarah

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Helen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly crew, good for a lonely traveller. Would have been a 10 if the weather was good.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Such a shame about the weather but awesome to hear you had a great time cruising with us

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John Ryan

England

Ranking: 10/10

Really cool - snorkelling, night kayaking - really good fun.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Awesome - thanks!

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Karyn

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I would highly recommend this cruise. Not only did we get to spend overnight in the beautiful Bay of Islands, but we got to do heaps - fishing, night kayaking, snorkelling as well as exploring one of the islands. We were busy without being rushed. Also the staff are really friendly, taking the time to get to know all the visitors.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

The Rock Adventure Cruise responds:

Hi Karyn, thank you for your review. Great to hear you had an amazing experience cruising with us on The Rock.