4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
See New Zealand's stunning natural beauty on a guided walk through the Puketi Rainforest when your cruise ship docks at Bay of Islands. Take in the scenery as you look for rare bird and plant species, stroll among lofty kauri trees and pass by cascading waterfalls. You’ll enjoy a personalized experience on this rainforest walk led by an expert local guide, with a group limited to six people.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided walk through the Puketi Rainforest in Bay of Islands, from Waitangi Wharf
  • Stop for morning refreshments
  • Learn about New Zealand’s rainforest from a knowledgeable local guide
  • Get a close look at the native flora and fauna in a subtropical rainforest
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Small-group of 8 passengers per guide

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What You Can Expect

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Puketi Rainforest Guided Walk

Puketi Rainforest

After pickup from your cruise ship, you'll head to the Puketi forest to start your rainforest adventure. Follow your friendly local guide along well-marked paths as you explore this subtropical forest. You'll learn about the flora and fauna and walk among towering kauri trees. Kauri trees are found only in New Zealand’s North Island and are among the world’s most ancient forests, with ancestors in the Jurassic period.

Your guide will share legends of the Maori people and stories from European colonial history as you stroll by thundering waterfalls and magnificent trees, including two of the largest kauri in New Zealand. Keep an eye out for native birds such as the rare kokako, which was only recently reintroduced to the forest. You'll marvel at the variety of the 370 recorded species of plants – some not found anywhere else in the world!

You’ll witness conservation efforts in the forest, learn the Maori names for some tree species and come to understand the ecology and legends of the kauri tree. Also enjoy a stop for refreshments around the halfway point of your walk.

At the end of the tour, you will be returned to your ship with great memories from this excursion into the lush Puketi forest.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Bay of Islands port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We had an awesome adventure on our Rain Forest Hike. Barb picked us up at the pier, after we arrived from our ship tender. She drove us to the Puketi Rainforest where we met our guide Ian. This was an exhilarating walk throughout the rainforest, actually more of a hike, which was totally fine for us. We enjoyed the challenge. Ian was an endless source of information about the vegetation, Kauri trees, and the wildlife of the area. After we finished our hike we had bottled water and homemade muffins, made by Barb (a nice touch). This tour exceeded our expectations, and we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a hiking challenge.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

This is nice to do if you enjoy a walk through a forest. The Guide loved the place and his enthusiasm shone through. The people running the tour were full of bon viveur.

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