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Our most recommended Waitangi Activities

Paihia: Bay of Islands Trike Tour Experience

1. Paihia: Bay of Islands Trike Tour Experience

On the scenic tour, you'll climb aboard your trike, buckle up, and settle in for one of the most exciting tours of your life. Venture out onto the open road, take a short burst out to the half moon-shaped Haruru Falls, and then continue back to Waitangi Lookout. Capture the breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands on your camera, plus get your picture taken behind the handlebars of the big beast.  The thriller tour includes an action-packed, 30-minute tour on the V2 Chek Trike. Zip off to the picturesque Opua and return with photos and even more adrenaline-pumping thrills as you cruise down this awesome, winding coastal road. The combo tour includes a one-hour tour around the scenic Bay of Islands. Visit the beautiful Haruru Falls before continuing to Waitangi Lookout for breathtaking views. Wind your way through the hills of the idyllic Opua before a thrilling ride back to Paihia. This option works as combination of the first two and is the best choice for adrenaline-seekers.

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Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

2. Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”. The tour commences at 9:00 AM 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 you'll experience this magical glowworm phenomenon on a 1-hour guided tour. 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, watch the making of chocolate, taste some treats, and do some shopping during a visit to Makana Chocolates. You will see the “The Stone Store”, New Zealand’s oldest building, and the adjacent “Kemp House” (without allotted time for entrance). Heading back to Paihia, stop at the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall in a horseshoe shape. Departing the Haruru Falls, the final stop is at the Waitangi Look Out Loop, providing 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.

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Waitangi: Traditional Maori Waka River Tour & Treaty Grounds

3. Waitangi: Traditional Maori Waka River Tour & Treaty Grounds

Hop in a waka (a sturdy traditional canoe) and explore the calm waters of the Waitangi River estuary on a 3-hour tour with an experienced local Maori guide. Learn native paddling techniques, and hear about Ngapuhi customs, legends, and history. Visit the sacred Haruru Falls, keep an eye out for local wildlife, and take advantage of magical photo opportunities of the Waitangi River estuaries and forest. Enjoy learning a traditional war dance with your guide, and discover a Ngapuhi meeting house where you might get the chance to meet members of this Maori community. What’s more, this tour also includes a free 2-day pass to visit and explore the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. With your pass, delight in an authentic and interactive cultural experience at Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. While there, discover the story of New Zealand’s history and the story of two peoples coming together as one under the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, at this award-winning national attraction.

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What people are saying about Waitangi

Four of us (2 bikes) met Mark and Daz at the isite centre and what an exhilarating experience from start to finish. It started raining shortly after we started but only lasted a few minutes but our clothes dried out within minutes thank goodness. We had a great tour around Paihia and district including the Waitangi treaty grounds. The guys were great and we could hear everything they spoke about very clearly.

very excited!!Mark is awesome and he is a very gentle man,but so cool!

Great activity to end a holiday! Thank you for the lovely experience!

It was bloody great loved every second of it such a thrill x

My partner was very happy with his ride on the trike