Bay of Islands: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion
- Be enchanted by the Kawiti glow worm caves
- Explore the Puketi Forest and see the magnificent Kauri trees
- Sample some gourmet chocolates at the Makana Chocolate Factory
A short scenic drive will take you to the first stop on the tour, the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. Enjoy this mesmerizing glowworm experience, after which you will move on to Kawakawa township. This small town, also known as "Train Town", is home to the famous Hundertwasser-designed public toilets, a definite must-see for those interested in art and design. Later, you'll visit the Puketi Forest. This is a 15,000-hectare forest where you will have the opportunity to see and visit the magnificent Kauri trees.
The next stop is Kerikeri, which has a rich and colorful history and is also where the Makana Chocolate Factory is based. This is a boutique chocolate factory where you can watch the making of chocolates, taste a few samples, and of course shop for some delicious treats. You'll also be able to visit the Kauri workshop next door and purchase some unique crafts and collectables.
Next up, you will visit the famous horseshoe waterfalls. These falls are located in a hidden valley on the beautiful and peaceful Waitangi River, which will give you some wonderful opportunities for photographs.
The last stop of the day is the Waitangi Lookout Loop. This setting gives you a chance to take in stunning views overlooking Waitangi and the Bay of Islands before you head back to the wharf. Alternatively, if your ship's departure time allows, you can be dropped off at Paihia for some additional sightseeing, and can catch the free shuttle bus back to the wharf at Waitangi. Your tour guide will instruct you where to catch the shuttle buses from should you wish to stay in town longer.
- Port pickup and drop off
- Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Live commentary on board
- Tour guide
- All entrance tickets
- Chocolate tasting