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Take an afternoon day trip from Paihia to Kerikeri for a tour of the historical settlement. A knowledgeable guide takes you to the Stone Store and Mission House, home to New Zealand’s first permanent mission station. Then visit an organic vineyard for a wine and coffee tasting, and enjoy further delights at a local chocolate factory.
Get to know the highlights of the Bay of Islands on this tour with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere. Stops include one of New Zealand's oldest pear trees, Haruru Waterfall, the Paihia waterfront, the Makana Chocolate shop, and the Stone Store at Kerikeri. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port makes for a seamless shore excursion.
Ride a custom-built Waverider coach over the rugged and sandy coastline of Ninety Mile Beach on this full-day guided tour to Cape Reinga. Departing Paihia’s Bay of Islands for the top end of New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll walk under ancient trees in the Puketi Kauri Forest and go sandboarding down a quicksand stream at Te Paki Sand Dunes. Includes lunch and round-trip all-terrain transport from centrally located hotels.
Visit 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga in New Zealand's Far North District. This day trip from Paihia takes you aboard a Dune Rider vehicle, ideal for traversing the gorgeous coastal landscape. Stop at Cape Reinga Lighthouse and the Ancient Kauri Kingdom. Try sandboarding at the Te Paki Stream sand dunes and enjoy a buffet lunch at Waitiki Landing.
Avoid the crowds at in-demand locations like the Hole in the Rock and the Haruru Falls. Instead, spend your shore day at one of Northland’s hidden gems with this private tour to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. Walk through an otherworldly limestone cave system full of stalactites and stalagmites, all lit up by New Zealand glow worms, on this tour led by a member of the Māori family who act as guardians for the cave and its glowing residents.
Swap your cruise ship for a traditional Maori war canoe on this interactive shore excursion from Paihia. The history and ecology of the Bay of Islands is best understood with a local, and you’ll paddle with a Ngapuhi guide who shares Maori traditions via the age-old art of storytelling. Learn ceremonial chants and visit a ‘marae’ (meeting ground) plus receive an all-inclusive day pass to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Discover the beauty of the Waitangi River estuary and experience Maori traditions during a 3-hour cruise in a traditional canoe (waka) with a local Maori guide. Learn traditional paddling techniques in the calm waters of the estuary and make your way to Haruru Falls. Your guide shares informative commentary about Ngapuhi customs and history, and points out wildlife as you glide along. Disembark to visit a Ngapuhi meeting house and perhaps meet people from this Maori community. You'll also learn the moves of a 'haka' — an ancient Maori war dance.
Soak up all the North Island highlights on this 5-day journey from Auckland by coach, including a Bay of Islands cruise to see the Hole in the Rock. Your itinerary includes a drive along Ninety Mile Beach at Cape Reinga; enjoy an overnight stay near the bubbling hot springs of Rotorua; a visit to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride through Glowworm Grotto; and a Hobbiton Movie Set tour to see filming locations for ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Listen to informative commentary on board.
With spectacular coastline and rich Maori heritage, the Bay of Islands is widely considered among New Zealand’s top attractions. On this tour, explore sites of interest including the coastal towns of Opononi and Omapere, and the Waipoua forest, and delve into subterranean caverns where bright green glowworms thrive in the darkness. With round-trip travel from selected hotels included, see the best of the Bay of Islands in one adventurous day.
This tour is for Cruise Ship customers and all members of the public staying in Paihia/Russell. The tour operates 7 days a week from January 7th to February 10th.
We visit the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, the Hundertwasser Toilets and take a leisurely 30 minute walk through the Opua Forest . All tours are approximately 3 hours long and leave from Waitangi wharf at 9.30 am.
The price includes Cave entry and the Maori guides are members of the family who own the attraction.
Experience an exclusive maori cultural guided tour through one of the last native Kauri forests in New Zealand. Walk through this forest found in the beautiful Bay of Islands and learn how the maori people traditionally used the trees, plants and birds of the forest to heal, protect, nourish, entertain and support their growing families.
Discover the realities of the true state of the forests now by learning how the introduction of species from other countries have impacted on the precious New Zealand flora and fauna and meet the passionate conservationists that are striving hard to protect and preserve the real treasures of this beautiful country.
During this tour you will experience an encounter with mighty prehistoric giants that only a couple of centuries ago dominated the vast forests of the North Island of New Zealand.
You will see amazing Kauri – our bewitching giants...
... and tiny and defenseless glow warms which bring to the darkness of the underground caves a mysterious bluish glow of an endless starry sky…
Explore the art of the Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group. On your private 5-hour tour you will be guided by a local conceptual visual artist and experience local Maori and international art works, local galleries and outdoor installations. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.
The Bay of Islands is home to some of the North Island’s most beautiful natural scenery, dotted with lush islands and white sand beaches. On this tour, set sail around the bay, relax on deck as you admire the views, and head ashore at Roberton Island, where you can hike, swim, or stroll along the beach. Upgrade to a full-day cruise and spend the rest of the day on the beaches of Urupukapuka Island.
Visit the historical sights of Russell on an intimate three hour coach tour coupled with a visit to the award winning Omata vineyard. Learn about significant sites like Pompallier House and Christ Church and stand atop Flagstaff Hill for stunning Bay of Islands views.
Each tour has a maximum of 10 passengers. The tour starts and finishes at the Paihia I-site, pickup time is 10.30 am.