Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour. Full of the major sights in the Bay of Islands, this small group tour (up to 12 people) gives you plenty of stops and photo opportunities. Visiting the historic Kerikeri Stone Store and Kemp House (tour included), Haruru Waterfall, Makana Chocolates, Paihia town and waterfront, New Zealand's oldest oak tree and pear tree, and more.

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

Ports of Call Tour
Duration:5 hours
Price: Starting from $110.00 per person
Full of the major sights in the Bay of Islands, this small group tour (up to 12 people) gives you plenty of stops and photo opportunities. Visiting the historic Kerikeri Stone Store and Kemp House (tour included), Haruru Waterfall, Makana Chocolates, Paihia town and waterfront, New Zealand's oldest oak tree and pear tree, and more.
Full of the major sights in the Bay of Islands, this small group tour (up to 12 people) gives you plenty of stops and photo opportunities. Visiting the historic Kerikeri Stone Store and Kemp House (tour included), Haruru Waterfall, Makana Chocolates, Paihia town and waterfront, New Zealand's oldest oak tree and pear tree, and more.

Your tour starts at the Waitangi Wharf where the cruise ship tenders arrive. Our first stop is the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall, its name means "big noise". Back in the 1800's, more than 100 Maori villages lined the banks of the Haruru River.

You then head north to Kerikeri which has a rich and colourful history. The region is also known for its successful horticulture and niche food products, so a visit to the Makana Chocolates Factory is a must-do activity to try their hand-made chocolates or perhaps an ice cream or coffee from their adjacent cafe.

Next, it's off to the site of the Kerikeri Mission Station, established in 1819. It is one of the first places in New Zealand where Māori 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. A tour of the Mission Station is included in our tour today.

One highlight is "The Stone Store" built in 1832. The Georgian-style Stone Store was originally a Missionary Society warehouse but assumed various roles including a trading post, library, barracks, and boys’ school. It also served as a general store, a tradition that continues today in the atmospheric ground-floor gift shop. A browser’s delight, the shop stocks an amazing range of authentic goods reminiscent of those traded in the early 19th century. Museum displays can be viewed upstairs.

"Kemp House", set behind the Stone Store, is New Zealand’s oldest building being completed in 1821–22 by missionary carpenters and Māori sawyers. Kemp House is a family home of simple, Georgian design. It has changed little over time, despite bearing witness to many historically significant events, as shared by our guides on fascinating tours of the building.

Time is allowed during our visit to Kerikeri for lunch at a local cafe (extra cost), before heading back to Paihia through native forests and rolling farmland.

If your ships departure time allows, you could be dropped off in Paihia for sightseeing or shopping, and then you can catch the free shuttle bus back to the tender wharf at Waitangi.

You can also leave the tour at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (extra cost applies) to visit New Zealand's most important historic site which is just a short walk to the wharf to catch the tender to your ship.

 

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