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  • Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:  5 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
Discover the highlights of one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations while in port at Paihia. Board a boat for a 2-hour Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise in the morning, including the Kerikeri inlet where you will disembark at the historic Stone Store and Kemp house and visit the charming town of Kerikeri by coach. On the sightseeing cruise, you’ll stop at a Marsden Cross and cruise past Roberton Island (Motuarohia), Black Rocks and more while hearing commentary about the area. In Kerikeri you’ll visit historic buildings, then sample the goodies at a local winery and boutique chocolate shop.


  • 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

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Cruise and Kerikeri Tour

Bay of Islands

Once your cruise ship docks at Paihia, meet the courtesy shuttle at your ship’s dock at Waitangi Wharf and take a 5-minute drive to the departure point for your 2-hour boat tour of the scenic Bay of Islands. Take in the highlights and hear about its Maori and European influences.

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. You’ll be dropped off at the Historic Kerikeri Basin where you will be met by your Coach captain and start your land tour by visiting two of New Zealand’s oldest European buildings: Mission House and the Stone Store, originally built for mission supplies and now selling gift items. Take in the park like grounds or have a coffee at the local cafe before departing on the coach to Makana Confections where you’ll see the chocolate production process and sample their handmade treats.
Last stop of the day is at the family-run Ake Ake Organic Vineyard where you will go on a short vineyard tour and then get the opportunity to sample some of there fantastic wines before heading back to Paihia

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Instead of having the Kerikeri tour, due to an exceptionally low tide water, we were rescheduled on a longer Bay of Islands boat tour. It was a fabulous experience. We shall also warmly thank the flexibility of organisation to provide an alternative great experience.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

Really top tour! The start time was changed when we arrived but that just gave us more time in the quaint village and a vist to the local markets. The big plus on this tour was the visit to Ake Ake winery - stunning wines and the owner was a joy to listen to. The visit to the chocolate shop was a waste of time - too short and they only offered us two small pieces to taste. The boat ride was fab and the guide on the boat was very good. A very pretty spot at KeriKeri and the gardens were gorgeous.

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