Waitangi
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Our most recommended Waitangi Bus & Minivan Tours

Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

1. 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

2. 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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Auckland: Bay of Islands Tour with Waitangi Treaty Grounds

3. Auckland: Bay of Islands Tour with Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take an epic road trip from Auckland to one of the most spectacular parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. This route offers breathtaking scenery of rugged mountain ranges, rainforests, deep gorges, and the clear blue ocean. You will be travelling in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz, in the company of a highly knowledgeable local tour guide.  First, board a boat to make your way through the pristine islands towards the Cape Brett Peninsula and its historic lighthouse. If conditions permit, sail safely in the hands of your knowledgeable skipper through the majestic "Hole in the Rock". Marvel at the bottlenose dolphins and a host of other marine life en route.  Next, enjoy an inspiring cultural experience at the birthplace of New Zealand, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Enjoy an informative tour with your local Maori guide, as well as a high-energy Maori cultural performance. You will also have ample time to explore Waitangi’s heritage buildings, such as the Treaty House, home to the first British resident. Watch live demonstrations in the Carving Studio, and take photos beside the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Visit the Museum of Waitangi, which holds a stunning collection of treasured objects called "taonga" that brings to life the history of the Treaty of Waitangi, the founding document of New Zealand.

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What people are saying about Waitangi

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 22 reviews

We were a bit apprehensive about booking an off-ship excursion on our own, but we're very happy we did with GetYourGuide. We booked the 5+ hour excursion which gave us a comprehensive tour of Watangi, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Mankana Chocolates, and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. It was the best tour we've taken in our 15 years of continual traveling. The highlight was the Caves: the glowworms shine far above like the milky way. Unique, in our experience. What took it over the top for us was our guide Nick, who was excited about showing us his magnificent country. An excellent conversationalist, Nick engaged us in topics of our interest. All in all, the tour could not have been better.

Great excursion, had enough time at each stop point and the driver was very knowledgeable. the driver was also flexible to our needs.

Guide was excellent and very humorous! We thoroughly enjoyed the day.