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Kerikeri Discovery Tour

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Kerikeri Discovery Tour

New Zealand's oldest standing European buildings, the Stone Store and Kemp House, will launch your tour of KeriKeri. With your bearings set, the organic Ake Ake Vineyard and the delectable Makana Chocolate Factory will welcome you for tastings. This Paihia tour is ideal for wine and chocolate lovers, or anyone looking for a fun, tasty experience at a low price.

The small, coastal town of Kerikeri began in 1819, when the British Reverend Marsden traded 48 axes to the native Nga Puhi chief, Hongi Hika, for the land. You'll tour Kemp House, the country's oldest surviving building (erected in 1822) to see and hear how the first missionaries lived.

Nearby is New Zealand's oldest surviving stone building. Built in 1833, the Stone Store continues to provide unique shopping opportunities. It will also give you context on its trading history by presenting an interactive story space upstairs.

Keen to the town's commercial beginning, you'll then be guided to taste the savory wine and chocolate Kerikeri produces today. Reverend Marsden planted the country's first grapevines, launching a prime New Zealand industry.

Flavorful bottles of Pinot Gris, Syrah, Chardonnay, and others will be opened for your tasting at the picturesque Ake Ake vineyard. In 2014, this family owned and operated vineyard enjoyed their first full year of organic grape growing. Toast your friends, old and new, after touring the historic vineyard.

With an appetite brewing, your next destination will be the Makana Chocolate Factory. Here, you can sample handmade the delicious chocolates, truffles, and toffees. Their quaint gift shop is also available if you'd like to enjoy the goodies in the future.

Tour the historical Kerikeri as it comes to life on this Bay of Islands tour.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Paihia Wharf. Depending on where your ship is tendering, a shuttle or a ferry (not included, approximately 13 NZD each way) may be required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Participants must be able to step in and out of the boat.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 2 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsInteresting, albeit lots of driving timeJanuary 23, 2018

Reviewer: Richard Udicious
Very good guide covered wide variety of culture & history. Interesting location to grow French varietals.

5 StarsVery enjoyableDecember 18, 2017

Reviewer: Rob
We had an excellent experience on this tour. Our driver was great ! He really made sure we saw and learned everything about the area and the places we visited. Tour was very punctual and we were never rushed. I highly recommend this tour !

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