Highlights of the Bay of Islands
See the highlights of Kerikeri as you visit historic sites such as Hararu Falls, the Stone Store and the Kemp House.
Your adventure begins at Waitangi Wharf, where you and your guests will meet your expert tour guide, who will take you to the main attractions and regale you with the area's rich history, stories, and secrets along the way. Listen to the thundering water at Hararu Falls, a rare horseshoe-shaped waterfall fed by the Waitangi River that rushes into the Bay of Islands.
From there, enjoy a scenic drive through the popular town of Kerikeri. This charming area boasts locally farmed restaurants, various art galleries, and boutique shops. After passing the Kerikeri River Basin, you will visit Te Waimate Mission Station, which is New Zealand's second oldest building. Te Waimate Mission Station serves as a representation of New Zealand's farming and architectural history. You'll be able to hear stories of important early encounters between Māori and Europeans. Te Waimate Mission was built by local Māori and is a single-story building, Gregorian in design. While here, you will also be treated to some morning snacks and refreshments in the form of scones and tea or coffee.
After exploring the Mission Station, you will be taken to the Stone Store and Kemp House, which is a missionary home built in 1822. Established in 1819, it is one of the first places in New Zealand where Maori invited visitors to live among them. Built under the protection of local chiefs who were keen to harness the trade and technology of Europe, Kerikeri Mission Station grew amidst a backdrop of tribal warfare and ever-increasing visits from foreign ships. Then head to Kemp House, a missionary home built in 1822. Step back in time as you step inside the adjacent Stone Store, built in 1835 as a storehouse for the mission and trading post for the Church Missionary Society (CMS). Stop and sample delicious treats at Makana Chocolates before heading back to the ship.
This limited tour fills up fast! Sign up now for a unique overview of New Zealand culture and history during this fascinating tour of the Bay of Islands.
Please Note: After your tour, you may choose to end your tour at the Waitangi Treaty House (admission not included), or in Paihia to sightsee and shop. Guests ending their tour at the Waitangi Treaty House or in Paihia are responsible for their own transportation back to the pier. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an approximately 5 minute walk back to the cruise ship, and a return shuttle from Paihia to the ship may be available.
We enjoyed our tour of the Bay of Islands. The van was nice and new, our tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She even took us to locations that we were not scheduled to stop at. All in all, a fabulous excision!
Reviewer: Gladys Ford
This was my first time visiting New Zealand. The tour was surprisingly interesting and the guide was very thorough in pointing out the HIGHLIGHTS of the tour. Included with the tour were the special food treats which I enjoyed as well. An enjoyable time!
Reviewer: Ronni Ullmann
This was a very informative tour. Very knowledgeable, friendly guide with a small group so we were able to ask a lot of questions. Tour included all venues described by Shore Excursions. Had delicious tea and scones with cream at mission house. Beautiful scenery as well
Reviewer: Gail Newton
Loved this tour, small group and extremely lovely and informative guide I really liked the stone store in this tour, loved the history and the building
Reviewer: Wayne Gordon
The printed information we received for this tour was a complete muff. in our group there were two printed versions our tour. One bus left early for the Toilets and glow worms tour with only six people on board. Ours left late due to some passengers wanting a tour resolution. Fortunately our driver, Harry, was a sane man, an apologetic man, and did his best to restore harmony. A quick stop at lovely waterfall, an informative guide past bamboo guarded macadamia nut farms plus kiwi and blueberry plantings. Then on to a beautiful lookout point and a welcome rest for an ice cream before going into Kerikeri and lunching beside the oldest stone mission house in N.Z., magnificent magnolia trees and the oldest pear tree in the region. Then a quick stop at a mini-chocolate factory and a wood shop full of beautiful Maori carvings for sale before heading back to port. So for that, and that alone, I rate this tour a nine out of ten.