- Morning boat tour of the Bay of Islands and afternoon coach tour to Kerikeri, from Paihia
- See marine wildlife, Black Rocks and Roberton Island (Motuarohia)
- Hear informative commentary about the history of the Bay of Islands and its importance in the founding of New Zealand
- Enjoy free time to visit the markets and have lunch in Paihia (own expense)
- Discover Kerikeri's colonial past with a visit to the Mission House and Stone Store
- Sample wine and coffee at Ake Ake Vineyard and handmade chocolates at the Makana Confections in Kerikeri
- Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
What You Can Expect
In these sheltered waters, you might expect to spot whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and other sea birds. You’ll see dramatic landscapes including Black Rocks, then stop at an island and check out Marsden Cross, the site of New Zealand first planned European settlement.
Glide past Roberton Island (Motuarohia), where a number of archaeological sites have been excavated. Learn about the historical significance of the Bay of Islands, including how the Treaty of Waitangi was drawn up and signed here in 1840, a document considered to be the founding document of the nation.
After an informative and scenic 2-hour cruise, you’ll return to Paihia and have free time for lunch (own expense) before boarding a comfortable coach for the afternoon tour to Kerikeri.
Kerikeri is famous for its fertile farmland, with fruits and vegetables flourishing alongside the vineyards that supply a growing wine industry. You’ll stop first at the family-run Ake Ake vineyard to sample their organic wine and coffee. Next, visit two of New Zealand’s oldest European buildings: Mission House and the Stone Store, originally built for mission supplies and now selling gift items. You’ll finish your tour at Makana Confections where you’ll see the chocolate production process and sample their handmade treats.
You’ll also learn about Kerikeri’s history, significant for early Maori-European negotiations like those between the powerful Ngapuhi chief Hongi Hika and the Rev Samuel Marsden.
You’ll be returned to Paihia at the end of your tour.
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.
Everything is so beautiful in NZ - and Bay of Islands is the best. The bus driver was engaging and the drive into the hills above the bay was a nice glimpse into real life there. The stops were a winery, chocolate factory and wood workshop. We also saw a waterfall and many breathtaking views. I would definitely do it again.
As we were only able to do the second half of the tour I can only rate out of 2.5. Our disappointment at not being taken seriously around our tender arrival time by the supplier meant that we were booked on a tour that we should never have been accepted on. Don't book this if you are tendering on arrival at the Bay of Islands, you'll miss the cruise portion. Book a boat Shore Excursion. The portion of the tour we did to Kerkeri was quite good. We enjoyed the Ake Ake winery, the chocolate factory and the historic buildings. The guide was very good.