Highlights of the Bay of Islands

Highlights of the Bay of Islands
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeSmall
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
Shore Excursion Leaves FromThe Tender Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage ProvidedA chocolate tasting is included.
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing and closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are suggested.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour; however, due to passenger loading laws in New Zealand, all passengers (including infants) must purchase a seat for travel. Infants are not permitted to ride on a parent's lap. Parents must bring their own car seats. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Storage space is limited for push chairs or strollers.
Tour Details

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.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Easy
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.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour; however, due to passenger loading laws in New Zealand, all passengers (including infants) must purchase a seat for travel. Infants are not permitted to ride on a parent's lap. Parents must bring their own car seats. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Storage space is limited for push chairs or strollers.
5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  11 ReviewsReview This Tour
Enjoyable Tour
April 20, 2020
I enjoyed this tour. I especially liked the gardens at the mission house. Enjoyed the tea house, waterfalls, and walked around Pahia at the end of the tour.
Reviewer: Margaret McRae
5 Stars
Bay of Islands tour
March 24, 2020
A beautiful New Zealand island, my husband and I enjoyed the tour. The countryside was truly lovely. The visit to a missionary's home and church was interesting. Our one complaint was that the tour guide talked about the first farm in Bay of Islands was started by a missionary, totally ignoring the successful farming of the Maori people before missionaries ever arrived. However when we spoke with her with this at the end of the tour she acknowledged that perhaps some of her comments sounded biased. She was a lovely warm woman and hopefully all the guides will be better trained to overcome bias. We enjoyed the day.
Reviewer: Harriet Lancaster
4 Stars
Beautiful Bay of Islands
February 25, 2020
Excellent tour - get to see Rainbow Falls, had tea & scones at the Tea House, went to the Stone House - lovely tour of the area. Great guide who clearly loves his life here.
Reviewer: Debbie Damele
5 Stars
Stunning!
February 25, 2020
A knowledgeable guide with a lovely sense of humour! As it was just before the anniversary of The Treaty we were given lots of facts. We were not hurried. the tea and scone was brilliant, the best we have tasted. The Makana Confectctions was a delight and it would have been rude not to buy some!! And there was the ice cream, just what we needed on a hot day.
Reviewer: Christine
5 Stars
Great Tour!
March 07, 2019
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: Candy
5 Stars
Highlights of Bay Island
March 05, 2019
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: Gladys Ford
5 Stars