As New Zealanders we often travel overseas before we explore our own country. Here at The Rock Adventure Cruise we wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to explore the Bay of Islands. Joining up to the Local Whanau means you can take a weekend away each year with up to 5 people in the Bay of Islands including a nights accommodation, three meals and all your activities for less than $5 per day*.
As a bonus for being one of the family we will throw in a YHA membership for up to 5 adults which gives you deals all over New Zealand and abroad at restaurants, activities and accommodation.
And if you are like us then you love doing great things for your community. With that in mind we are going to donate $5 each month to Bay Bush Action for every Local Whanau signup.
Subscribe now for 12 easy monthly payments of $149.00 to enjoy a weekend away in the Bay of Islands while helping to save our native wildlife + forests. You can book to travel anytime in the next 24 months once sign up is complete and 1st payment is made.
Benefits of being a Local Whanau
Save 10% on all YHA accommodation + enjoy access to a tonne of deals on travel, activities, restaurants & more in New Zealand and abroad for 5 people
Overnight Cruise Bay Of Islands
Experience the stunning Bay of Islands like never before. Action-packed, accommodation + meals all help create memories you'll cherish for a lifetime for up to 5 people in a private family cabin
$5 every month of your subscription will go to towards reducing pest numbers & bringing back the birds including the Kiwi in the Opua State Forest
Share your personalized referral code with friends and family and earn free months. If just 12 friends use your code you could get your entire cruise for free.
What is Included:
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I book my cruise?
Anytime after sign up is completed and the 1st payment made. You have up to 24 months to book your cruise
Can I cancel or pause my subscription?
With Local Mates you can always pause or cancel your subscription whenever you need to. If you haven't got any travel booked with us cancellations and pausing are effective immediately, for those who have a trip booked the subscription will end as soon as your trip has been paid for. If you cancel - the months paid are non refundable, if you pause - the months paid will be held until you restart the subscription
Can I subscribe from Overseas?
Our subscriptions are designed predominantly for those living in New Zealand due to the non-refundable nature, however, anyone living abroad can sign up too. Living in New Zealand gives flexibility to transfer to another date should a cancellation due to unsafe weather occur.
How do I book my cruise?
Once you're all signed up we'll send you an email with a promo code. Head to our website www.rocktheboat.co.nz and enter this promo code at the time of booking. Its that simple.
What activities are included?
There is a wide range of activities on offer, from fishing to kayaking, night swimming to nature watching. Paddle Boarding, snorkeling, guided island walks, target shooting, star gazing and all your meals are included in your overnight trip.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Luckily for us the Bay of Islands is well protected. However if the skipper decides the weather conditions are unsafe to cruise we will cancel the cruise for safety reasons. If this happens we will reissue you with a promo code to rebook on another date. In the last 100 cruises we have had to cancel 1 cruise due to unsafe weather conditions.
The Small Print, the details and the Legal Stuff.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions
Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Ltd (hereinafter “RocktheBoat”) offers a virtual travel subscription platform that provides Members with a one day or one night break (depending on subscription) to the Bay of Islands on board The Rock Adventure Cruise in exchange for a monthly subscription fee (hereinafter the “Service(s)”):
“CGA ” refers to the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
“Subscription” refers to a fixed rate contract giving access to our paid Services, as required, for a limited period as specified in the specific subscription purchased by a Member.
“Member(s)” refers to one (or all) user(s) of one or more Services that validly subscribe to a RocktheBoat Subscription or has access to any of the Services after registering on the Sites.
“Option(s)” refers to the Paid Service(s) subscribed to by the Member to complete its Subscription.
“Paid Service(s)” refers to all Paid Services available to Members or Visitors.
“Site(s)” refers to, individually or collectively, the RocktheBoat websites and mobile applications, including RocktheBoat’s website accessible at www.rocktheboat.co.nz .
“Upgrade”refers to the paid addition, at the request of a Member, of additional Services to its Subscription.
“Visitor(s)” refers to one or more user(s) accessing and using one or more Services without having registered on the Sites.
2. Access and Registration to Services
2.1. Procedure and terms of access to and registration of Services, Start of contract
2.1.1 Terms of access and paid registration
The Member has the possibility to subscribe to a paid subscription, with or without Options, and therefore to benefit from the following features:
Features only available to Members with a Subscription:
2.2. Right to cancel and pause registration
2.2.1 Cancellation Policy
Pursuant to the Consumer Contracts Regulations, the Member has fourteen days from its subscription to the Services to exercise its right to cancel its registration, without penalty and without reason, by writing a clear and unambiguous statement that the Member wishes to cancel, including the member’s personal details, and sending its completed cancellation statement by email to [email protected]. Only applications related to the exercise of this right to cancel will be processed from these contact addresses. The cancellation period expires fourteen days after the contract conclusion date.
To comply with the cancellation period, the Member need only submit the clear and unambiguous statement of cancellation before the expiry of the cancellation period.
If the Member does not wish to have immediate access to the Service(s), that Member may wait until the expiry of the 14-day cooling-off period before booking their Trip. However, if the Member Books a Trip before the expiry of the 14-day cooling-off period, such Member would automatically void the ability to cancel the Membership during the cooling-off period.
Pursuant to the CGA, in the event the Member has booked a Trip during or after the cooling-off period, he or she shall pay RocktheBoat an amount which will allow such Member to go on their trip (this amount is set at $228 for a Local Day Out, $588 for a Local Family Day Out, $348 for a Local Mate, $1,788 for a Local Whanau, $5,988 for a Local Team - as of 20th May 2019). In such case, RocktheBoat will either take 3 additional monthly subscription payments of even amounts for each plan or full payment - by the same means of payment as those used by the Member for the initial transaction, unless otherwise agreed by the Member.
Any on-going monthly subscription payments past the cancellation of the Service will be stopped and the Member will be notified of said Cancellation by email.
2.2.2 Pausing your subscription
Monthly RocktheBoat membership plans can be placed on hold for up to three months at any given time. While on hold, your membership fee won’t be charged to your credit card, you will not be able to book or travel during this period. You will still have access to many of your benefits while on hold such as:
To place your account on hold, please contact Customer Service at [email protected] . If you need more time, you can take another hold later, so long as there is at least one month of paid membership between holds.
3. Use of Services
Once registered, the Member will have access to the Services, in accordance with its Subscription.
3.1. RocktheBoat’s obligations pertaining to the Services
The purpose of the Services is solely to provide Members of the RocktheBoat platform with a one day or one night break to the Bay of Islands on board The Rock Adventure Cruise.
The purpose of the Services also does not cover the verification of the actual identity of Members or End Users when they connect to the Sites or to control the content and information provided by Members and/or End Users. RocktheBoat is not responsible for any failure of the Members to provide accurate information.
However RocktheBoat does not limit or excludes their liability to you for: (i) death or personal injury caused by the negligence of RocktheBoat; (ii) fraudulent misrepresentation of RocktheBoat; or (iii) any other liability that may not be limited or excluded under New Zealand law.
3.2. Member’s obligations
The provisions of this Article also apply without prejudice to the Article entitled “Termination”.
3.2.1. General obligations:
The Member’s general obligations are as follows:
3.2.2. Essential Obligations:
The Member’s Essential Obligations are as follows:
4. Fees, Terms of Payment and Renewal
4.1. Fees, terms and conditions of payment
The use of Paid Services may only be made where the Member has a Subscription. Members may purchase a Subscription either by debit or credit card.
The fees and terms of payment for these various Paid Services are at all times available during the introduction or use of the Paid Service(s) to which the Member wishes to subscribe as well as its (or their) respective rate(s).
Fees are quoted in NZD, all taxes included. The purchase of a Subscription by a Member is virtually instantaneous from the validation of the transaction by Bank Card.
4.2. Subscription renewal terms and conditions
Members may, at any time, give notice to RocktheBoat of their intention to terminate their Subscription without fees other than those that may be incurred in submitting their request. This termination takes effect on the expiry date of the current Subscription, provided that the notice is made by the Member no later than fourteen days (14) prior to the expiry date of the current subscription, in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 below entitled “Termination”.
On the expiry of a Subscription, this Subscription will, unless the Member sent notice of the termination to RocktheBoat prior to the expiry of the current Subscription in accordance with the terms and conditions indicated, be successively renewed for periods equivalent to that originally opted for by the Member which is twelve (12) months for all Subscriptions. The extended Subscription will be charged to the Member on the basis of the base rate and the duration of the subscription initially taken out by the Member. The Member may terminate the extended subscription for an indefinite period at any time, which subscription will then expire at the end of the current subscription period, provided that the notice is made by the Member to RocktheBoat no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the expiry date of the current Subscription.
4.3. Terms and conditions for upgrading a RocktheBoat Subscription
The Member may also subscribe to other one-time services or purchase add-ons or additional products related to RocktheBoat Service(s) or upgrade their current RocktheBoat Subscription
5. Intellectual Property*
5.1. Content disseminated on the Services
All Services names, trademarks, logos, graphics, photographs, animations, videos and texts contained on the Sites and within the Services are the property of RocktheBoat, and may not be reproduced, used or displayed without the express authorisation of RocktheBoat.
The rights of use granted to the Member are limited to private and personal use as part of and for the duration of the registration for the Services. Any other use by the Member is prohibited.
The Member is prohibited from, among other actions, modifying, copying, reproducing, downloading, broadcasting, transmitting, commercially operating and/or distributing the Services, Site pages or the computer code of the Services and Sites, in any way whatsoever.
5.2. Content disseminated by Members
Members grant RocktheBoat a licence to use the intellectual property rights arising from the content provided by Members in connection with their registration and use of the Services or the display of its profile on the Services. This licence includes, but is not limited to, the right of RocktheBoat to reproduce, represent, adapt, translate, digitise, and use for the purposes of the Services, or sub-license the content provided by the Member (information, images, description, travel preferences, etc.) on all or part of the Services (on the Sites, by e-mail) and on all the Sites, in the mailing campaigns carried out by RocktheBoat, and, in general, on all electronic communication media (e-mail, SMS, MMS, WAP, Internet, mobile application) as part of the Services.
6. Liabilities and Representations and Warranties
6.1. Operation of Sites and Services
Depending on your network configuration (protected by a firewall or proxy) the connection with our sites might not be possible.
Members must have the abilities, materials and software required for the use of the Internet or the Services mobile application, if applicable, the Internet services, and acknowledge that the nature and constraints of the Internet do not guarantee the security, availability and integrity of the transmission of data over the Internet or through mobile applications.
RocktheBoat does not guarantee that the Services will be able to be used if Members use a “pop-up killer” tool; in this case, this function must be disabled prior to the use of the Services.
RocktheBoat does not warrant that the Services will function properly if the Member’s Internet service provider fails to provide an adequate level of service. Similarly, if applicable, the use of smartphone applications, whose use Members have agreed on directly with the provider, requires Members to have a smartphone and a satisfactory connection.
Under these circumstances, RocktheBoat is not responsible for any lack of functionality, lack of access or poor conditions of use of the Sites that would be attributable to equipment-related inadequacies, to the internal failures of Members’ access provider, the overloading of the Internet network and for any and all other reasons external to RocktheBoat, which the Member agrees are events of force majeure.
The operation of the Services may be interrupted momentarily due to maintenance, updates or technical improvements, or to update the content and/or the way it is presented. To the extent possible, RocktheBoat will notify their Members prior to any maintenance operations or updates.
6.2. Information and content provided by Members
6.2.2. RocktheBoat cannot be held liable for the accuracy or inaccuracy of the information and content provided by other Members, visitors to the Sites and/or the Member itself (and the consequences of reliance on any such information). Similarly, RocktheBoat cannot be held liable for any content disseminated by a Member that may potentially constitute a breach of the rights of one or more of the other Members or third parties, where a member of RocktheBoat can demonstrate that it: (i) was not informed by a Member or third party, or about the content or the dissemination, (ii) did not have actual or prior knowledge of the same or (iii) did not commit a breach in the performance of any of its contractual obligations which led to such content being disseminated.
RocktheBoat may only be held liable by a Member if and to the extent there is proof of a breach having been committed by RocktheBoat or one of its service providers involved in the performance of the RocktheBoat’s contractual obligations, and this breach has caused the Member direct damage. Where appropriate, it will be RocktheBoat’s responsibility to demonstrate that it has not committed any breaches in the performance of its contractual obligations. RocktheBoat may not be held liable for any direct or indirect damage incurred by the Member in the event the Member causes the damage or the damage results from an event of force majeure.
6.2.3. The quality of the Services demanded by both RocktheBoat and its Members requires that Members conduct themselves ethically, and behave with respect for the rights of third parties, and the respect for the laws and regulations in force. To meet this demand for quality, individual responsibility and ethics, RocktheBoat requests any Member to report any data (photography, text, video), behaviours or comments made by another Member that appear to be in violation of the laws and regulations in force, concerning the purpose of the Services, third-party rights or public morals.
6.3. Links and external resources
RocktheBoat is only liable for the hyperlinks it creates, and does not exercise any control over the External Websites and external resources (third-party websites or mobile applications, social networks, etc.) to which the hyperlinks accessible on the Sites and the Services redirect and which RocktheBoat did not create. It cannot be held liable for the provision of hyperlinks to External Websites, and cannot be held liable for their content, advertisements, products, service features or any other information available on or based on the use of such External Websites.
Any issues relating to a link must be submitted to the administrator or webmaster of the site in question. A Member’s access and/or use of these sources and External Websites may be governed by third party terms and conditions over which RocktheBoat has no control.
Finally, if during the course of using the Sites, the use of the Sites leads a Member to pages that include External Websites, pages or forums whose title and/or content constitutes a violation of applicable law, that Member is requested to terminate its use of the Sites, or navigate to, the External Website in question. Members who continue to search, or navigate to, such External Websites proceed at their own risk, and RocktheBoat will not be liable for the content of External Websites.
You agree to indemnify us (including our directors, officers, employees, subcontractors, agents and affiliated companies) against all third party claims and liabilities related to your breach of this Agreement and/or to your use of the Services.
6.5 Functioning of the Site and Services
The Member must have the skills, hardware and software required to use the Internet or, as appropriate, Internet, telephone and mobile Services, and acknowledges that the characteristics and constraints of the Internet mean that the security, availability and integrity of Internet data transmissions cannot be guaranteed.
We do not guarantee that the Services will function if the Member activates a pop-up killing tool. In this case, the function should be deactivated before using the Service.
We do not guarantee that the Services will be usable if the Member’s Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) is unable to provide its services properly. In this context, we cannot be held responsible for the non-functioning, unavailability or adverse conditions of usage of the website resulting from incorrect hardware, problems experienced by the Member’s ISP or blockages on the Internet networks or for all other reasons outside our sphere of influence. Moreover, due amongst other things to the specifics of their Internet browser, Members connecting through AOL may encounter problems making our sites function properly. Furthermore, smartphone applications are only available to our Members in possession of the smartphone handset and Internet access is required.
Under these conditions, we do not guarantee that the Services shall function without interruption or error. In particular, the use of our website may be interrupted at any time for the purposes of maintenance, updates or technical improvements, or to develop its content and/or presentation. Whenever possible, we shall inform Members prior to maintenance work or updates.
Please note that up-to-date Adobe Flash software may be required for this website to function properly (download from: http://adobe.com/getflash). Depending on your network configuration (if protected behind a firewall or proxy), connection to our Messenger service may not be possible.
Members may terminate their subscription to the Services by requesting the closing of their RocktheBoat account at any time without reason, by making a request through [email protected] or by any means which may be indicated under this heading. This request will be deemed made on the working day following the receipt by RocktheBoat of the request to close the account concerned. This request will not entail reimbursement to the Member of the period remaining until the Member Subscription expires.
The termination of a Subscription by a Member takes effect on the expiry date of the current Subscription, provided that notice was made by the Member to RocktheBoat no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the expiry date of the current Subscription.
This termination will take effect without prejudice to any damages RocktheBoat, its or their successors and/or authorized representatives may claim from Members as compensation for losses incurred by RocktheBoat and/or its successors and/or authorised representatives as a result of these breaches.
The Member will be notified by e-mail of the termination or confirmation of the termination of its account. Data relating to the Member will be destroyed at the request of the Member or at the expiry of the current statutory period from the termination of the Member’s account.
8. Agreement with the Member
9.1. The Subscription initially taken out by the Member has not yet expired
9.2. The Member’s initial Subscription period has expired
10. Applicable law - Disputes
11. About us
For any questions, you can contact RocktheBoat by emailing us at [email protected]