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

Best Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks

Experience New Zealand's natural beauty up-close and first-hand on a guided walk through the Puketi rainforest. Walk among towering kauri trees, see rare bird and plant species, and stroll beside thundering waterfalls. Led by an experienced local guide, and with tour numbers limited to six people, enjoy a personalized experience on this rainforest walk, with a choice of half-day, full-day and night-time walks.


  • 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

Best Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks

Puketi Rainforest

Start your rainforest adventure at Okaihau, and join your knowledgeable local guide on a walk through the Puketi forest. Gain fascinating insights into New Zealand's subtropical flora and fauna as you walk among towering kauri trees, the world’s second largest tree, found only in the country’s North Island.

On the half-day and full-day walks, keep an eye out for the rainforest's rare endemic birds and subtropical plant species, as your walk takes you beside rivers and waterfalls in full flow. Hear Maori legends and stories from European colonial history, and enjoy views of valleys filled with ancient trees, including two of the largest kauri in New Zealand.

See conservation at work, and find out how the forest evolved from young, to mature and established trees. Learn some of the trees' natives names and understand the ecology and mystery behind the kauri tree.

On the exciting two- to three-hour night-time walk, watch as the forest comes alive as daylight turns to evening. Listen as bird calls change from day to night, see bats flying overhead and feeding on insects, and keep a lookout for the rare nocturnal kiwi bird, New Zealand's national symbol.

Stop for refreshments on the three-hour morning and afternoon guided walks, and also enjoy lunch if you select the five-hour full-day tour.

Customer Reviews

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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