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