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Cruise Ship Tours

Bay of Islands Cruise Ship Tours.

**Small Group & Personalised**.

Shore Based Day Tours & Excursions for Cruise Ship Passengers.

All Cruise Ship tours depart/finish at Waitangi Wharf.
We only have a maximum of 10 passengers per tour.

Our friendly representative will be waiting for you at the end of the jetty where you get off the tender. They will escort you to the correct Minibus, and will be able to answer any questions you may have about your Tour.

Museum of Waitangi

Stone Store Basin Kerikeri

Bay of Islands & Kerikeri Tour from Waitangi Wharf
Approximately 5 hours
Cost $175.00 per person

The Tour will take you to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, Opua Kauri Forest, Makana Chocolate Factory (Hand Made), the Kerikeri Mission Station home to New Zealand's oldest building (Kemp House) and the stunning Haruru Falls.

The Opua Kauri Forest is our first stop.  This is a 15,000 hectare forest which contains magnificent stands of Kauri and a rich ecological diversity and is how Northland looked 150 years ago.  Here you will enjoy a 30 minute guided tour.

Kawiti Glowworm Caves is our next stop. Here a member of the local Iwi (Maori Tribe) will act as your guide and will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms and tell you how the caves came to be found.

Then, a short drive to Kawakawa, location of the world famous "Hundertwasser Toilets" one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art, designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, features the use of recycled materials from the local community.

Our next stop is the Makana Chocolate Factory to sample their hand made chocolates and time to visit the adjacent Kauri Workshop which has crafts and collectibles for sale. Here you will be able to get some lunch in the well-appointed coffee shop adjacent to the factory.

Our tour takes us to the Kerikeri Mission Station which was established in 1819. There are two significant buildings, "The Stone Store" built in 1832, originally used as a Missionary Society warehouse and the adjacent "Kemp House", New Zealand's oldest building completed in 1821/22 by missionary carpenters and Maori sawyers.

Departing Kerikeri we take in the splendour of the Haruru Falls, Haruru is Maori for “Big Noise”.

The last stop of the day is the Waitangi look-out Loop. This is a final chance to take the stunning views over Waitangi, Russell and the Bay of Islands, before your transportation back to the Wharf or Paihia.

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Kawakawa

World Famous Hundertwasser Toilets, Kawakawa

Kerikeri

Kerikeri Mission Station

Kawiti Glow Worm Caves & Opua Kauri Forest Walk
Approximately 2 hours
Cost $105 per person (Includes Cave Entry fee.)

This guided tour of the Kaiwiti Glow Worm Caves and Opua Kauri Forest is for Cruise Ship customers only. The price includes the cost of Cave Entry. The tour leaves Waitangi Wharf at 9.30 am. Transport is a 12 seat dual air conditioned van.

Our first destination is the Kawiti Glowworm Caves where a local Maori guide will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms and tell you how the caves came to be found.

Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk (with handrails) through a 200 metre limestone cave system. Once inside, you will see thousands of glow worms spread across the ceiling surrounded by breath taking stalactites and stalagmites.

As you enjoy the galaxies of glow worms above, your friendly guide will explain the life cycle of the New Zealand Glow worm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) and the intricate webs used to catch their prey. You’ll even get close enough to see the actual body of the glow worm and its stunning blue/green tail light, before you make the return bush walk through a natural corridor of karst rock formations and pristine rain forest.

Then, a short drive to Kawakawa, location of the world famous "Hundertwasser Toilets" one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art, designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, features the use of recycled materials from the local community.
The final destination is the Opua Kauri forest. This is a short but delightful stroll (30 minutes), partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform and bench seat. Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 400 years in age

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Kawiti Glow Worm Caves

Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri River Walk & Kawiti Glow Worm Caves
Approximately 5 hours
Cost $175.00 per person

This tour takes you to the stunning Rainbow Falls, followed by a leisurely walk along the Kerikeri River Track (45 minutes) to the Historic Mission Station and Stone Store. The tour completes with a visit to the  Kawiti Glow Worm Caves.

A spectacular 27-metre waterfall, Rainbow Falls is located in Kerikeri, near the popular Bay of Islands. Easy access and enjoyable walk make this waterfall one of New Zealand's "Must See" waterfalls.

The Kerikeri River track is easy walking for both adults and children passes through stands of young kauri, totara and associated native vegetation. As you walk along the track, you will pass the remains of the historic Kerikeri hydro-election station, built as part of the hydro-electric generation scheme that operated between 1930 and 1967. .

The track finishes at the Kerikeri Domain home to the Mission Station and the Stone store, New Zealand's oldest wooden and stone buildings. These are two significant buildings, "The Stone Store" built in 1832, originally used as a Missionary Society warehouse and the adjacent "Kemp House", New Zealand's oldest building completed in 1821/22 by missionary carpenters and Maori sawyers.

Our next destination is the Kawiti Glowworm Caves where a local Maori guide will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms and tell you how the caves came to be found.

Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk (with handrails) through a 200 metre limestone cave system. Once inside, you will see thousands of glow worms spread across the ceiling surrounded by breath taking stalactites and stalagmites.

Our final stop takes you to the Opua Kauri forest. his is a short but delightful stroll, partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform and bench seat. Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 400 years in age.

At the conclusion of the tour we will either drop you Paihia where there is a free shuttle bus back to the ship, or we will take you back to Waitangi wharf.
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Waiere Boulders

Rainbow Falls

Waiere Boulders

Kerikeri Stone Store Basin

Cruise Ship Only Guided Tour To Kawakawa Along The Twin Coast Trail
Approximately 4 hours
Cost $115.00 per person

A guided tour where you will cycle along the Twin Coast Cycle Trail to Kawakawa (15 kms). You will be transported from Waitangi wharf to the start of the trail (Opua) and shuttled back from Kawakawa to either Paihia (shopping) or the wharf.

When you arrive at Waitangi wharf, you will be transported to our offices in Opua Marina which are at the start of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Here you will collect your bike and helmet, while being introduced to your guide for the day. 

 Opua is centered around a pretty marina and the car ferry port for the boat trip to and from historic Russell – a must visit for history lovers.

The trail begins alongside the marina and follows a pretty estuary edged with mangroves – a classic sight along New Zealand’s northern coasts. Your guide will point out things of interest as you proceed along the trail.

The trail then runs beside the tracks of the Bay of Islands Vintage Steam Railway and crosses the beautifully restored bridge to reach cute little Taumarere Station, a nice photo op and good place to pause for a snack. 

This section ends all too soon at the bustling rural town of Kawakawa where you will find one of Northland’s looniest tourism attractions – the Huntervasser toilets adorned with mosaic tiles, sculptures, cobblestone floors and a grassy roof. Cafes, shops, a museum and local Māori artists can also be found in the town.

When you have completed your stay in Kawakawa you will be transported back to either Paihia where there is a range of places to shop and eat, or back to Waitangi wharf. There is a free shuttle bus from Paihia back to the wharf a journey that takes less than 10 minutes.

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Waiere Boulders

Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Waiere Boulders

Twin Coast Cycle Trail