Day Tours & Excursions for visitors to Paihia/Russell and surrounding areas.
Bay of Islands Craft Beer and WineTour
Kerikeri is a place to indulge and have fun. On this tour experience some of New Zealand’s finest quality wines, craft beers and chocolates.
Each tour has a maximum of 10 passengers. The tour starts and finishes at the Paihia I-site, pickup time is 1.30 pm. The ticket price includes the cost of wine/beer tasting along with a platter style late lunch.
Our first stop is the Ake Ake vineyard, a family-run boutique operation set just outside Kerikeri, and here customers will sample their organically-grown wines, which include Chambourcin, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Chardonnay, Tempranillo and Sauvignon Blanc. Tour the vineyard and see how the grapes are grown before tasting six samples of their range.
From Ake Ake we move onto Marsden Estate, which was started by the McIvor family some 20 years ago. Here customers can enjoy six wine tastings in the relaxed atmosphere of its courtyard which overlooks the lake and vines.
Our next stop is the award winning Makana Chocolate Factory, here you can watch delicious chocolates, truffles, caramels and toffees being made by hand. Taste samples of their wares, all made from high-quality ingredients in small batches, and of course shop for gifts – or just indulge yourself!
Next door is the highly acclaimed Kauri Workshop, which offers a wide range of bowls, platters and other products made from swamp kauri.
Our final stop is The Plough & Feather Tap Room which is host to as many as twenty locally brewed ales and lagers from their sister company, Kainui Brew Co. (as well as the odd guest tap). Kainui Brew Co was founded in 2015 in the heart of Kerikeri and has quickly risen to prominence in New Zealand, winning numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed competitions (NZ Brewer’s Guild Awards, New World Awards).
Here customers can sample up to four craft beers of their choice, while at the same time enjoying a platter lunch, (bread, dips, chicken tenders, fish bites, vegetarian spring rolls).
Located in the Kerikeri Basin, this stop offers customers the opportunity to also visit the Stone Store & Kemp House, New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone and wooden buildings.
Historic Russell Tour
Russell – Enjoy a guided tour of one of New Zealand’s most historic towns.
Visit the historical sights of Russell on an intimate three hour coach tour coupled with a visit to the award winning Omata vineyard. Learn about significant sites like Pompallier House and Christ Church and stand atop Flagstaff Hill for stunning Bay of Islands views.
$70 per Adult $35 per child.
Each tour has a maximum of 10 passengers. The tour starts and finishes at the Paihia I-site, pickup time is 10.30 am.
Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki)
Oneroa Beach (Long Beach)
Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Christ Church/Pompallier House
Our tour starts with a visit to Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand, famed for the bullet-holes in its walls). The church is the oldest existing church in NZ today, and possibly the oldest building still used for its original purpose. According to official records, the first service was on 3 January 1836 when William Williams from Paihia mentions taking one in the ‘new chapel’. Services were conducted in both English and Maori languages.
We move on to Pompallier House, built in the French provincial style, it was established by Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic mission to Western Oceania in 1841.
In October 1842 the first Maori translations of the Bible were ready, and the print shop, complete with bookbindery and tannery, began production. Bishop Pompallier and his Marist missionaries printed almost 40,000 religious texts in Maori here in eight years.
Our next stop is Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki), an area not easily accessible on foot. On this spot in the 1840s, Māori cut the signal flagstaff down four times in protest against the British government, leading to war. Hear about the battle that ensued as you enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the whole Bay of Islands.
No trip to Russell is complete without a visit to the Duke of Marlborough, New Zealand’s oldest licensed pub! Today “The Duke” is world renowned for it’s excellent food and extensive wine cellar. Our visit will allow time for lunch and a stroll along the picturesque promenade.
The final stop is the award winning Omata Estate Winery. Here you will be able to sample and purchase wine made from Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes.