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  • Location:Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Puketi Rainforest Guided Walk

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.


  • 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 January 2015

This walk was definitely a highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Ian knew the rainforest so well and it we felt as if we were wandering in a magic world far removed from modern times.

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 2015

Guides/hosts were great and take their conservation responsiibilites seriously. Would have given it 5 except not as advertized. this is a STRENUOUS, not moderate walk through a protected preserve (trust). The concept of walking on a boaded walk is nonsense as most of the trek was up and down steep inclines on narrow, muddy paths. Recommend dressing for a tough 2-2.5 mile hike. The guides are knowledgeable and it was one of the most education tours we have been on. The tour guides are good people and the work they do is impressive and with simple clarification in what to expect think everyone should go as possible but it could be dangerous for some in poor health

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

This hike was beautiful and the people running the tour were wonderful. However it is a hike and not a walk. The first portion was a lovely walk thru the forest. The second portion was definitely a hike thru a slippery muddy narrow path over tree roots with both some serious uphill and downhill portions. The mud of course is not under anyone's control but the steepness of portions of the path were a little hard on my 60 year old knees. I would recommend this tour but be forewarned about the physical effort required.

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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