Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves. Explore the main attractions in the Bay of Islands on this 6-hour, small-group tour with a local guide. Visit the historic Waimate Mission Station, the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Haruru Waterfall, and more. Your tour will include port pickup and drop-off as well as a chocolate tasting at Makana Chocolates.

Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves - Paihia, New Zealand

Ports of Call Tour
Duration:6 hours
Price: Starting from $140.00 per person
Explore the main attractions in the Bay of Islands on this 6-hour, small-group tour with a local guide. Visit the historic Waimate Mission Station, the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Haruru Waterfall, and more. Your tour will include port pickup and drop-off as well as a chocolate tasting at Makana Chocolates.
Explore the main attractions in the Bay of Islands on this 6-hour, small-group tour with a local guide. Visit the historic Waimate Mission Station, the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Haruru Waterfall, and more. Your tour will include port pickup and drop-off as well as a chocolate tasting at Makana Chocolates.

Meet your driver/guide at the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship tenders arrive at 10am. Your first destination will be the Haruru Falls, before continuing on to Kerikeri, a town with a rich and colorful history where you will stop for photos of the ‘Stone Store’ as well as New Zealand’s oldest building, the ‘Kemp House.’ While in Kerikeri, you will visit the Makana Chocolates factory to try some of their handmade chocolates, or if you prefer, an ice cream or coffee at their adjacent café.

After the scheduled lunch stop, head inland through farmland and forests to the historic Te Waimate Mission House. Built in 1832, it is the only remaining mission house of three founded in 1830 by the Church Missionary Society. Enjoy a guided tour of the mission house and grounds with one of the local guardians.

Leaving the mission station, travel south to the town of Kawakawa, where you will see the Hundertwasser Toilets, one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art. You will have time to take photos if you wish. Then, head north around forested coastlines towards Paihia and the ship.

Your last destination will be the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where a local Maori guide will lead you on a 45-minute tour of these underground caverns to see the glowworms. From there, it is a short drive back to Waitangi to board the tender back to your cruise ship at approximately 4pm.

 

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