1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia
  4. Haruru Falls

Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Product ID: 170089
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Enjoy a Bay of Islands shore excursion for a sightseeing tour taking in the highlights of the region including the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Makana Chocolates, and much more.
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Duration: 5.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour with informative and entertaining commentary
  • Visit Kerikeri with its historic Stone Store and Mission House
  • Discover Haruru Falls and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves
  • Benefit from complimentary pick-up and drop from your cruise ship
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Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”, due to past events which took place here. These historical events also led to the shaping of the nation. The tour commences at 9:00AM from the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship's tenders will bring you to shore. The first stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where a 1-hour guided tour will allow you to experience this magical glowworm phenomenon.

From Kawiti, the tour moves onward to Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town” as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street. From this point you will proceed toward Puketi Forest, a 15,000 hectare forest containing magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity.

The next stop is Kerikeri, also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries and crafts. Here, a visit to Makana Chocolates has been arranged, where you can watch the making of chocolates, taste a few samples and, of course, shop for some delicious treats. You will see the “The Stone Store”, New Zealand’s oldest building and the adjacent “Kemp House” but with unfortunately no time to stop and view.

Heading back to Paihia, a stop will be made at the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall in a horseshoe shape which is very rare and quite spectacular. Departing the Haruru Falls, the final stop is at the Waitangi Look Out Loop, which provides stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands. The tour will either return you to the tenders in Waitangi or drop you to the township of Paihia should you wish to explore further before catching one of the shuttles back to the tenders.
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop off from your cruise ship
  • Transport
  • Experienced driver and guide
  • Guided sightseeing tour
  • Visit to Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Mankana Chocolates and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and refreshments

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Meeting point

Wharf at Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you once your booking is received as the departure time may vary depending on the arrival and departure time of your cruise ship.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Jacket
Know before you go
Tour commences at 9:00AM and concludes at 2:30PM (or at a time to meet your cruise ship schedule)
New Zealand weather can be very unpredictable throughout the year, bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
All tours are designed to meet the cruise ship's port arrival and departure times. If for any reason you are not returned to your ship prior to its departure, the local operator guarantees to get you to the ships next port of call

From US$ 111.21 per person

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Product ID: 170089