Highlights of the Bay of Islands

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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 to the popular town of Kerikeri. This charming area boasts locally farmed restaurants, various art galleries, and boutique shops. At Kerikeri River Basin you will visit the Kerikeri Mission Station. 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.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Tender Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A chocolate tasting is included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing and closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are suggested.
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice, provided that they sit on their parents' lap. Infants may have their own seat upon request at time of booking. Parents must bring their own car seats, and will be charged an additional fee for the infant. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Storage space is not available for push chairs or strollers.
5 Stars5Based On 4 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat learning experience and great guideApril 02, 2018

Reviewer: Joe Mayfield
Jill Williams was a wonderful guide and taught us and took us to amazing places. We loved the small group and the intercom to talk to us during the drive.

4 StarsHighlights of the Bay of aislandsMarch 10, 2018

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.

5 StarsHighlight of the bay of islandsMarch 11, 2017

Reviewer: Dave shelley
Great excursion. Our guide was waiting for us, interacted with us, and made the day special. She added a trip to the caves which was not on the list. The weather was rainy but the day was bright.

5 StarsBay of IslandsFebruary 26, 2017

Reviewer: Valerie Dunshea
Very pleasant driver/quide and informative on local & history of the area.

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