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  • Location:Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:Varies

Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks

Walk among towering kauri trees in the Puketi Rainforest on a half-day, full-day or nighttime guided hike, starting from Okaihau in the Bay of Islands. A knowledgeable guide points out rare bird and plant species while you trek past thundering waterfalls on a moderately strenuous footpath though the subtropical rainforest — suitable for strong hikers. Numbers are limited to a maximum of six people to ensure a small-group experience. Morning or afternoon tea with optional lunch are included, depending on tour selected. 


  • Guided rainforest walk in Puketi
  • Stop for morning and/or afternoon tea
  • Enjoy lunch (if option selected)
  • Professional guide
  • Headlamp provided for night walk
  • Choice of half-day, full-day and night-time walks

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is an excellent way to experience the Puketi rainforest and learn from your friendly and knowledgeable guide. The night walk is highly recommended -- see the rainforest as it comes alive at night!

What You Can Expect

Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks

Puketi Rainforest

Join your knowledgeable local guide in the Bay of Islands town of Okaihau to embark on a small-group hike through the Puketi Rainforest. Walk along a boardwalk under New Zealand’s towering kauris, the world’s second largest tree — only found on the North Island. You’ll also tramp up and down some steep sections on a moderately strenuous trek suitable for fit hikers. 

3- or 6-Hour Hike
Start your guided walk along well-marked paths and gain fascinating insight into New Zealand's native flora and fauna in this protected subtropical forest preserve. Keep an eye out for rare birds such as the reintroduced kokako, and learn about some of the 370 recorded plant species.

Trek beside the Puketi River and cascading waterfalls in full flow as your guide shares Maori legends and stories from European colonial history. Stop to admire two of New Zealand’s largest kauris and enjoy views of valleys filled with ancient trees whose ancestors date back to the Jurassic period. You’ll learn about forest ecology and see conservation at work.

If you’ve selected a 3-hour hike, enjoy morning or afternoon tea; if you’ve opted for the 6-hour hike, you’ll also stop for a provided lunch. 

2-Hour Nighttime Hike
Use your provided headlamp to watch the forest come alive after dark, and listen for post-dusk birdcalls. Watch bats flying overhead and feeding on insects, and keep a lookout for New Zealand's emblematic bird — the rare, nocturnal kiwi. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Just got back form 2 weeks exploring the North Island of New Zealand, including a couple days in the Bay of Islands. If you are up that way, thoroughly recommend taking the time to take a guided walk through the Puketi Rain Forest.

Barabra the tour operator looked after me with quick follow up on any questions I had before the tour, including arranging pick up and drop off form my Pahai hotel for me. She made a fabulous lunch including to die for home made chocolate mud muffins. She is called the muffin queen for a very good reason.

Helen my guide was awesome, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and passionate about the forest, the wildlife and flora. I did the 6 hour hike and thoroughly enjoyed myself, with one of the highlights having our lunch at the base of a 1000 year old Kauri tree magical. The little touches on the tour made it very special, home made muffins, a fantastic lunch, Helen provided me with a print out of the area and where we walked with information on the forest and region, and Helens took the time to point out all the things that made the forest special. The time flew by. This is a must do in the Bay of Islands.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Ian was an excellent guide who made the trip both informative and enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Wonderful tour! So unlike the big bus tours that the cruise line offers. Very knowledgeable guide. Ride out to tour went through beautiful scenery. We opted to include a trip to the glow worm cave which was well worth the additional price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

While the walk was a bit harder than expected, the rainforest was stunning and our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2014

We felt this tour was grossly over priced. ~$75 pp for a walk in a forest, compared to every other tour we did in NZ, is very high. The picture in Viator makes you think there is some kind of a high platform between the trees, there is none. It is simply a guided walk in a forest, nothing less and nothing more. $75 is too much.

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