Cruise Ship Shore Based Tours
Are you visiting the Bay of Islands on a Cruise Ship? We have a range of onshore tours to show the best of this amazing area when you have limited time.
The Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand, combining great outdoor experiences with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites. It was here in 1840 at Waitangi that the British Government signed a treaty with the indigenous Maori people which gave birth to the nation.
This area is steeped in New Zealand’s early history and the role Maori culture played in the development of the country.
All of our guided tours offer you a plethora of outstanding views and wonderful photo opportunities.
Our driver/guides are all local people and can give you further insights into the local communities.
All of our tours start and finish in Paihia, where the free Shuttle bus service to and from Waitangi Wharf drops you off and picks you up.
Please see below the range of tours we offer. All tours depart/finish at Waitangi Wharf or Paihia.
TOUR 1 Glow Worm Caves Tour (Approximately 2 hours). Departs Paihia.
Cost $40 per person. PLUS $30 per adult Cave Entry to be paid at Caves.
Your first stop is the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves which is about a 25-minute drive from Paihia. You will be able to enjoy a magical glow worm experience.
Second stop. World Famous Hundertwasser Toilets.
The Hundertwasser Toilets is a public toilet located at 60 Gilles Street, the main street of the town of Kawakawa on New Zealand’s North Island. It is one of few toilet blocks seen as an international work of art and a tourist attraction in its own right.
The facility – designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser who lived in Kawakawa from 1975 until his death in 2000 – features the use of recycled materials from the local community.
TOUR 2 Paihia Local Highlights Tour (Approximately 1 hour). Departs Paihia.
Cost $25.00 per person
Haruru Falls is just around the corner from Paihia and showcases a breathtaking waterfall, Haruru meaning “big noise.” The water falls in a horseshoe shape – very rare and quite spectacular.
Mount Bledisloe Lookout offers outstanding views across the whole Bay of Islands.
TOUR 3 Historic Kerikeri Tour (Approximately 4 hours). Departs Waitangi Wharf.
Cost $150.00 per person.
Our first stop is the magical Puketi Forest. See Northland as it was 150 years ago.
Then we visit the Makana Chocolate Factory, the home of New Zealand’s finest handmade chocolates. A chance for a coffee and cakes.
Then onto Kerikeri. Kerikeri Stone Store is the oldest Stone Building in New Zealand.
Kerikeri Mission Station was established in 1819, and was the first place Maori invited overseas visitors to live with them.
Return via the Haruru Falls and the spectacular views from the Waitangi look out loop.