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Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Activity provider: Bay Of Islands Tours

Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Activity provider: Bay Of Islands Tours
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From US$ 132.02 per person

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Enjoy a Bay of Islands shore excursion and take 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
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  • Discover Haruru Falls and the stunning Kawiti Glowworm Caves
  • Visit the famous Hundertwasser Toilets (Kawakawa)
  • Walk through the magical Puketi Kauri Forest and see the historical buildings of Kerikeri
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour with informative and entertaining commentary
  • Sample the delicious treats at the Makana Chocolate Factory
  • Benefit from complimentary pickup and drop-off from/to your cruise ship
Full description
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.
  • Complimentary pickup and drop-off from your cruise ship
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Guided sightseeing tour
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary
  • All tastings
  • Water
  • Visit to Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Mankana Chocolates, and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Wharf at Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The Bay of Islands is a tender port. The tenders will dock at the Waitangi Wharf, adjacent to the Yacht Club where your tour guide and tour vehicle will be waiting. Note that as there can be delays in catching a tender ashore, please ensure to catch an early tender.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Tour generally commences at 9:00 AM and concludes at 2:30 PM (or at a time to meet your cruise ship schedule)
  • All tours are designed to meet the cruise ship's port arrival and departure times
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

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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.

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February 1, 2020

Excellent only 2 others on the tour

June 13, 2021

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

March 16, 2020

Product ID: 187149