New Zealand's Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region of almost 150 islands that also happens to be the birthplace of the nation. With this personalized tour you will be able to see this unique place on your own terms and at your own pace.
Admire the natural beauty of the region through its lush forests, breathtaking coastlines and waterfalls including Haruru Falls in Paihia and the stunning Rainbow Falls on the outskirts of Kerkeri. At Haruru Falls, just around the corner from Paihia, witness a beautiful waterfall. Haruru means "big noise" and the water falls in a horseshoe shape, very rare and quite spectacular. At Rainbow Falls the third platform is at the head of an historic weir that supplied the first electrical power to the early Kerikeri township.
Take some time at the Stone Store and Kemp House, two of the country's oldest surviving buildings, as well as the wooden St. James Anglican Church overlooking them. The historic Church of St. James has profoundly inspirational views from the altar window; mountains, bush, river and, at times, the glacier, it is well worth a visit.
At Rewa's Village you can observe a full-scale replica of a Maori fishing village, like the one that Captain Cook, the first European, encountered when he sailed into the region. Take your time and stroll around the village, imagining a time before European settlement. As you walk through the native bush experience the serenity of native bird sounds. Listen to the tranquil waters of "Te Awa o Nga Rangatira" river (the river of chiefs) and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the Kerikeri Basin.
No trip to the Bay of Islands would be complete without a stop at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where an agreement between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori people was signed. While here tour a fully carved Maori meeting house and enjoy various cultural performances.
Throughout your tour you can learn about the area's people and culture a myriad of ways; through its fascinating history, delicious food and award-winning wines!
This enjoyable half day tour sells out fast, book now for a memorable day in the stunning Bay of Islands.