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Hole in the Rock Treaty House Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

The beginning of European settlement in New Zealand

An internationally renowned destination is a mecca for boating enthusiasts as well as tourists. Explore the many bays and islands, take the ferry to historic Russell, walk to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. For a little more adventure, take a trip out to the Hole in the Rock. Or join a tour to historic Kerikeri, wineries, Kauri forests or glow worm ca ....

Haruru Falls Bay of Islands Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

BOI-1  |  Bay of Islands Highlights  |  5.00 hrs  |  

NZ $110.00

Join our small group tour as we show you the highlights of the Bay of Islands, a region full of history. See waterfalls, some of New Zealand's oldest buildings and try handmade chocolates at Makana.

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Stone Store and STT Minibus

BOI-11  |  Bay of Islands Highlights and Caves  |  6.00 hrs  |  

NZ $140.00

New for 2017 this extended tour now adds a visit to the Kawiti glow worm caves. You will also visit historic Kerikeri, Makana chocolate factory, the Stone Store, Waimate Mission Station plus much more.

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Bay of Islands

BOI-2  |  Paihia Scenic Circuit Tour  |  1.00 hrs  |  

NZ $30.00

This one-hour tour lets you see a little more of the local Paihia area than you could on foot. The historic town of Paihia and the Haruru Waterfall will be visited during the tour, leaving you plenty of time to visit the Waitangi ....

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Kemp House - Mission House - Kerikeri

BOI-8  |  Kerikeri Discovery Tour  |  3.00 hrs  |  

NZ $60.00

Kerikeri, a place of rich history complimented by lots of character is known for its fresh local produce and a place to indulge and have fun. Our coach tour visits two of New Zealand's oldest buildings plus an organic winery and b ....

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Cliffs and Caves Cruise Bay of Islands New Zealand for Cruise Ships

BOI-7  |  Bay of Islands Cliffs & Caves Cruise  |  2.00 hrs  |  

NZ $87.00

Get up close and personal with the stunning islands of Ipipiri - the eastern Bay of Islands - from the comfort of our 13 metre NAIAD boat, built for speed and comfort. See marine wildlife, cliffs and hidden caves and stop off at a ....

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Hururua Falls Kayak

BOI-9  |  Guided 3 hour Kayak Tour  |  3.00 hrs  |  

NZ $89.00

Departing daily from Waitangi Beach Base, paddle up the sheltered waters of the Waitangi Estuary to spend time exploring the fascinating mangrove forest and the unique horseshoe shaped waterfall at Haruru.

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R Tucker Thompson Sailing Ship

BOI-3  |  R Tucker Thompson Sailing Cruise  |  6.50 hrs  |  

NZ $149.00

This is a great opportunity to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. All profits made from these trips go to support our youth development program, ....

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12 passenger Minibus for Private Dunedin Tours 2

BOI-S100  |  12 passenger minibus Bay Of Islands  |  from 6.00 hrs - 12 persons -

from NZ $840.00

Book one of our comfortable 12 passenger minibuses driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want, getting you back to the ship in good time.

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BMW 7 series front seats

BOI-S1  |  Luxury Sedan Private Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 3 persons -

from NZ $581.25

For that special day tour, choose our long wheelbase sedans, offering premium comfort and lots of room. Sit back and enjoy the ride while your chauffeur offers a full commentary. You'll be the envy of the other cruise passengers!

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IMAX

BOI-S6  |  Private Minivan Tour 4-5 people  |  from 4.00 hrs - 5 persons -

from NZ $662.50

Book one of our comfortable 4 to 5 seat luxury minivans driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want, getting you back to the ship in good time.

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Ford Transit

BOI-S3  |  Private Minibus Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 9 persons -

from NZ $756.25

Book one of our comfortable 9 passenger minibuses driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want, getting you back to the ship in good time. We can al ....

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Sprinter

BOI-S7  |  Luxury Private Minivan Tour 10-12 people  |  from 4.00 hrs - 12 persons -

from NZ $931.25

Book one of our comfortable luxury minivans driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want, getting you back to the ship in good time.

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Haruru Falls Bay of Islands Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

BOI-G1  |  Bay of Islands Highlights Group Tour  |  5.00 hrs

Join our group tour as we show you the highlights of the Bay of Islands, a region full of history. See waterfalls, some of New Zealand's oldest buildings and try handmade chocolates at Makana.

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Stone Store and STT Minibus

BOI-G11  |  Bay Of Islands Highlights and Caves Group Tour  |  6.00 hrs

New for 2017 this tour now adds a visit to the Kawiti glow worms caves to our highlights program. You will also visit historic Kerikeri, Makana chocolate factory, the Stone Store, Waimate Mission Station [with tea and cakes] plus ....

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Paihia Wharf Helipad

BOI-G3  |  Heli Wine Tasting Tour for groups  |  4.50 hrs

Experience a delectable selection of wines at three vineyards spanning the Far North of New Zealand, combined with amazing coastal and scenic views during your helicopter transfers. An unforgettable mix of boutique wines, gourmet ....

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Waitangi Treaty House on our Bay of Islands Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

BOI-G5  |  Shining Lights of the Bay of Islands  |  6.00 hrs

Visit the ancient glow worm caves at Kawiti, then to Russell by ferry, the 1st permanent European settlement in NZ for lunch at the famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel in this charming town. Then back to Waitangi to the Treaty House ....

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Makana boutique chocolates Kerikeri

BOI-G8  |  Kerikeri Discovery Private Group Tour  |  3.00 hrs

Kerikeri, a place of rich history complimented by lots of character is known for its fresh local produce and a place to indulge and have fun. Our coach tour visits two of New Zealand's oldest buildings plus an organic winery and b ....

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Stone Store Kerikeri

BOI-G10  |  Kerikeri and Waimate Missions Group Tour  |  6.00 hrs

This group tour focuses on the history of the Mission Stations located at Kerikeri and Waimate, two of the most important historic buildings in New Zealand. With plenty of stops throughout the day you will see why the Bay of Islan ....

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Kemp House - Mission House - Kerikeri

BOI-G12  |  History-Wine and Trains  |  6.00 hrs

Visit New Zealand's oldest stone building plus its oldest wooden building, the Mission House and Stone Store at Kerikeri. Then to the Marsden Estate Winery for tasting and lunch, finishing with a vintage train ride. Suitable for g ....

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Puketi Forest kauri

BOI-G14  |  Kerikeri History - Puketi Forest  |  5.00 hrs

Enjoy a short guided forest walk to view majestic Kauri trees, followed by a light lunch in a forest setting, then to historic Kerikeri and the Stone Store and Kemp house, plus delicious chocolates to taste at Makana.

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Caves Entrance

BOI-G15  |  Glowworms and Historic Russell and Kerikeri  |  6.50 hrs

Visit the magical world of glowworms, explore the historic township of Russell and see the picturesque Kerikeri Stone Basin and Rainbow Falls

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Kerikeri Kemp House and Stone Store Bay of Islands Shore Excursion

BOI-G66  |  Half Day Glow-worms & History Tour  |  4.00 hrs

See some of New Zealands oldest buildings in Kerikeri, the Stone Store & Kemp House, then through lush countryside to the glow worms caves for a guided tour and returning to Paihia for an afternoon at your leisure.

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Paihia Wharf Helipad

BOI-F1  |  Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Flight  |  

NZ $250.00 pp

The Bay of Islands offers some of the best coastal and island scenery in New Zealand, so take one of our helicopter flights to get the best views and also see the infamous "Hole in the Rock". Just one of many helicopter flight opt ....

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Helicopter and Island stop over in the Bay Of Islands

BOI-F7  |  Helicopter & Cruise Island Escape  |  

NZ $319.00 pp

Experience the best of the Bay of Islands all within one day. Our Helicopter Cruise Island Escape package allows you to experience a scenic helicopter flight, an island stop over and a boat cruise between the islands and Paihia.

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Bay of Islands Helicopter Flight seeing

BOI-F2  |  Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery Heli-Flight  |  

NZ $335.00 pp

See more of the Bay of Islands on our longer sightseeing flight to see some of the best coastal and island scenery in New Zealand. Great views of the infamous "Hole in the Rock" plus the historic town of Russell and the Waitangi T ....

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Landing on the Hole in the Rock

BOI-F3  |  Hole in the Rock Landing Heli Flight  |  

NZ $399.00 pp

Very few people in history, including Maori, have ever ventured on the island in this way before. Being surrounded by steep cliffs (over 150 metres high) and stunning scenery, this unique landing location will appeal to the advent ....

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Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands

BOI-F4  |  60 minute Hole in the Rock Landing  |  

NZ $615.00 pp

For the first time in New Zealand's history our exclusive helicopter flight in conjunction with the Motu Kokako Ahu whenua Trust, we can now offer an unforgettable adventure to set foot on top of the iconic Hole in the Rock - Motu ....

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Helicopter landing at the Hokianga Harbour

BOI-F5  |  Kauri Forest & West Coast Heli Tour  |  

NZ $885.00 pp

Fly to the stunning Hokianga Harbour on the west coast. Your Footprints guide will meet you on landing and then take you on a guided walk to view Tane Mahuta, "God of the Forest". Then enjoy lunch over looking the harbour before f ....

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wine making at the Karikari Vineyard

BOI-F6  |  Helicopter Wine Tasting Tour  |  

NZ $1,547.00 pp

Experience a delectable selection of wines at three vineyards spanning the Far North of New Zealand, combined with amazing coastal and scenic views during your helicopter transfers. An unforgettable mix of boutique wines, gourmet ....

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The Bay of Islands is an internationally renowned destination, famous for the many opportunities the extensive shoreline, with islands and inlets offers boating enthusiasts.

The cruise ship tenders take you to the Waitangi wharf on the Paihia side of the harbour. A short walk from the wharf takes you to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. You can also take a ferry across to the historic town of Russell, which was once the capital city of New Zealand and the first European settlement in the early 1800's. Our tours will let you see the best destinations.

The Bay of Islands is located 60 km north-west of Whangarei close close to the northern tip of the country. It is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country, and has been renowned internationally for its big-game fishing since American author Zane Grey publicised it in the 1930s.

The bay itself is an irregular 16 km-wide inlet, a natural harbour, it has several arms which extend inland, notably Waikare Inlet in the south and Kerikeri and Te Puna (Mangonui) inlets in the north-west. The small town of Russell is located at the end of a short peninsula that extends into the bay from the southeast.

There are several islands to the north of this peninsula, notably Urupukapuka Island to the east and Moturoa Island to the north. The Purerua Peninsula extends to the west of the bay, north of Te Puna Inlet, and Cape Brett Peninsula extends 10 km into the Pacific Ocean at the eastern end of the bay.

Its believed that About 700 years ago, the Mataatua, one of the large Maori migration canoes which journeyed to New Zealand from Hawaiki, was sailed to the Bay Of Islands (from the Bay of Plenty) by Puhi, a progenitor of the Ngapuhi Iwi (tribe) which today is the largest in the country. Maori settled and multiplied throughout the bay and on several of its many islands to establish various tribes such as the Ngati-Miru at Kerikeri. Many notable Maori were born in the Bay Of Islands, including Hone Heke who several times cut down the flagpole at Kororareka (Russell) to start the Flagstaff War.

Many of the Maori settlements later played important roles in the development of New Zealand, such as Okiato (the nation's first capital), Waitangi (where the Treaty of Waitangi would later be signed) and Kerikeri, (which was an important departure point for inland Maori going to sea, and later site of the first permanent mission station in the country).

The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769. The Bay of Islands was the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans. Whalers arrived towards the end of the 18th century, while the first missionaries settled in 1814. The first full-blooded European child recorded as being born in the country, Thomas King, was born in 1815 at Oihi Bay in the Bay of Islands. The region has many interesting historic towns including Paihia, Russell, Waitangi and Kerikeri. Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, and dates from the early 19th century. Kerikeri contains many historic sites from the earliest European colonial settlement in the country. These include the Mission House, also called Kemp House, which is the oldest wooden structure still standing in New Zealand. The Stone Store, a former storehouse, is the oldest stone building in New Zealand, construction having begun on 19 April 1832.

    I understand this is a tendering port, where do the tenders go?

The tenders usually tender passengers to the Waitangi Wharf. This is 2km from the centre of Paihia, where most independent tours depart. This is the location of Paihia Wharf, where all the boat trips also depart. From here you can catch the local ferries over to Russell on the other side of the bay.

    Is there a shuttle bus to Paihia?

Yes, most ships offer a shuttle bus service from the tender wharf at Waitangi to the main town centre at Paihia wharf. Its a nice 2 km walk if you want along the waterfront if you want.

    How far is it to the Waitangi treaty grounds?

Its only a short walk from the Waitangi wharf, allow 10 minutes at a brisk walk.

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