Bay of Islands Sample Itinerary

This Private Tour consists of the Bay of Islands Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting Tour in Kerikeri area.

This Private Tour consists of the Bay of Islands Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting Tour in Kerikeri area.

The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island, and this private 6-hour tour from Paihia combines all its highlights with wine tasting in the Kerikeri wine region. Along the way, discover New Zealand’s colonial history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, marvel at natural wonders such as Haruru Falls and Wharepuke Falls, and immerse yourself in Maori’s past at Rewa‘s Village.

Meet your private guide at your central Paihia hotel or on arrival at Paihia cruise port, and set out to explore the Bay of Islands. The exact itinerary can be tailored to your personal preferences, but tours typical start with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. As you explore Waitangi museum, learn more about the site’s historic significance, the signing of the Waitangi Treaty, and the birthplace of a nation, then be treated to a cultural performance in the Waitangi grounds. As you journey around the bay, stop to take photos of natural wonders such as the Haruru Falls and the Rainbow Falls; admire the Stone Store & Kemp House (Kerikeri Mission Station) in Kerikeri, two of the country’s oldest buildings; and take a peek at the historic wooden church of St James. Take a stroll along the Kerikeri River to see the Wharepuke Falls, pause to soak up the views across the Bay, then pay a visit to Rewa‘s Village, a full-scale replica of a pre–European Māori fishing village, where you can learn more about the region’s rich Maori heritage.

After a morning exploring the Bay of Islands, enjoy a scenic drive through the Kerikeri vineyards, as your guide talks about the region’s long winemaking history and how it became the foundation of New Zealand’s wine industry. Along the way, stop at a local winery to stroll the vineyards, peek into the wine cellars, and sample an array of Chardonnays, Pinot Gris and Viogniers.

Winery visits can be customized to your preferences, and you could also choose to tuck into a delicious lunch (own expense) at one of the wineries.

After lunch, your tour ends with drop-off back at your Paihia hotel or cruise port.

Trip at a Glance

ACTIVITIES
Private Car Tour, Sightseeing, Wine Tasting
DURATION
up to 6 hours
AVG DISTANCE
70 km
STARTING LOCATION
All the tours start from Your hotel in Paihia/Kerikeri, Paihia cruise ship landing area or Paihia i-SITE
INCLUSIONS
– All taxes, pick up, drop off and a bottle of water
EXCLUSIONS
– Entrance fees, Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Lunch (available to purchase)
NOTES
Airport transfer can be provided

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Paihia) – New Zealand’s most important historic site. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are at the Bay of Islands. A high-energy, entertaining Cultural Performance. NZD 50.00 per person to pay at the site (on request)
  • Haruru Falls (Paihia) – just around the corner from Paihia showcases a breathtaking waterfall…
  • The Stone Store & Kemp House – Kerikeri Mission Station (Kerikeri) – the lovely site of two of the country’s oldest surviving buildings…
  • Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory – hand-made chocolates and other natural irresistible temptations. Tasting included
  • Rainbow Falls (Kerikeri) – stunning Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri’s outskirts
  • St James Anglican Church (Kerikeri) – the wooden historic church on the hill above the Stone Store…
  • Rewa‘s Village (Kerikeri) – a full scale replica of a pre – European Māori fishing village
  • Wharepuke Falls (Kerikeri) – a picturesque forest falls
  • 3 wineries with wine tastings (included) and gourmet lunch ( payment on the site)