• Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Take a Bay of Islands shore excursion to the Puketi Rainforest for a half-day guided hike from Waitangi Wharf. You’ll follow a moderately strenuous footpath though a subtropical rainforest of lofty kauri trees and pass by cascading waterfalls as your guide shares local knowledge of rare bird and plant species. Enjoy morning tea on this small-group tour, limited to eight people for a personalized experience. Port pickup and drop-off included.


  • Enjoy a guided walk through the Puketi Rainforest in Bay of Islands, from Waitangi Wharf
  • Stop for morning refreshments
  • Learn about New Zealand’s rainforest from a knowledgeable local guide
  • Get a close look at the native flora and fauna in a subtropical rainforest
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Small-group of 8 passengers per guide

What You Can Expect

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Puketi Rainforest Guided Walk

Puketi Rainforest

Walk under New Zealand’s towering kauri trees, only found on the North Island, on this Bay of Islands shore excursion. You’ll tramp along a boardwalk and up and down some steep sections on a moderately strenuous trek suitable for fit hikers. 

After pickup from the cruise terminal, you’re driven to the Puketi Rainforest to start your guided walk along well-marked paths in the subtropical forest. Learn about the native flora and fauna in this sanctuary, including the now-protected kauri trees — considered some of the world’s oldest trees whose ancestors date back to the Jurassic period. Marvel at two of New Zealand’s largest kauris and hear Maori legends about these ancient giants. 

Pass by thundering waterfalls and enjoy a stop for morning tea at the halfway point of your hike. Your guide points out birdlife, such as the rare and reintroduced kokako, and discusses some of the 370 recorded plant species.

At the completion of your Puketi Rainforest walk, you will be returned to your ship.

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 December 2016

Enjoyable few hours learning about the flora and fauna of the rainforest shown by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Helen was a very enthusiastic tour guide. Her excitement and knowledge about all the life in the Rainforest really added experience. Very enjoyable experience.

Sarah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We missed the start of our tour due to a delay on the ship and we were worried we would have missed it. Ian was waiting on the dock. As we had missed the main tour he took us on a private tour which was amazing. Very knowledgeable. Pointed out lots of plants and animals during our walk through the rainforest. Fantastic company, Highly recommend

michael h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

we had only 4 in our group, which was really nice
Ian did a great job of leading us through the forest, pointing out interesting plants and animals
he was very knowledgeable of this environment and demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm for the land and what he does in explaining it to his guests
i would highly recommend this tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Ian was an excellent guide. Had a great hike in the woods and learned much about the local area.

Evelyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This walk was definitely a highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Ian knew the rainforest so well and it we felt as if we were wandering in a magic world far removed from modern times.

Marjorie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We had an awesome adventure on our Rain Forest Hike. Barb picked us up at the pier, after we arrived from our ship tender. She drove us to the Puketi Rainforest where we met our guide Ian. This was an exhilarating walk throughout the rainforest, actually more of a hike, which was totally fine for us. We enjoyed the challenge. Ian was an endless source of information about the vegetation, Kauri trees, and the wildlife of the area. After we finished our hike we had bottled water and homemade muffins, made by Barb (a nice touch). This tour exceeded our expectations, and we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a hiking challenge.

Michael G

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Guides/hosts were great and take their conservation responsiibilites seriously. Would have given it 5 except not as advertized. this is a STRENUOUS, not moderate walk through a protected preserve (trust). The concept of walking on a boaded walk is nonsense as most of the trek was up and down steep inclines on narrow, muddy paths. Recommend dressing for a tough 2-2.5 mile hike. The guides are knowledgeable and it was one of the most education tours we have been on. The tour guides are good people and the work they do is impressive and with simple clarification in what to expect think everyone should go as possible but it could be dangerous for some in poor health

Michael B

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

This hike was beautiful and the people running the tour were wonderful. However it is a hike and not a walk. The first portion was a lovely walk thru the forest. The second portion was definitely a hike thru a slippery muddy narrow path over tree roots with both some serious uphill and downhill portions. The mud of course is not under anyone's control but the steepness of portions of the path were a little hard on my 60 year old knees. I would recommend this tour but be forewarned about the physical effort required.

Michael B

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

This is nice to do if you enjoy a walk through a forest. The Guide loved the place and his enthusiasm shone through. The people running the tour were full of bon viveur.

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