Bay of Islands Kerikeri Tour
Tours depart daily from the Paihia i-Site site at 9am and return at approx 1pm.
Includes entrance to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves & Kemp House.
Cost $149 per person.
Travelling from Paihia we take in the splendour of the Haruru Falls, Haruru is Maori for “Big Noise”, before heading to Kerikeri and the Makana Chocolate Factory, to sample their hand made chocolates.
From there we head to the picture perfect Stone Store Basin and the Kerikeri Mission Station which was established in 1819. There are two significant buildings, “The Stone Store” built in 1832, originally used as a Missionary Society warehouse and the adjacent “Kemp House”, New Zealand’s oldest building completed in 1821/22 by missionary carpenters and Maori sawyers.
Leaving Kerikeri we travel through Kawakawa stopping at the world famous “Hundertwasser Toilets” one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art, designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Before leaving Kawakawa, clients will enjoy a complimentary fresh cream donut, arguably the best in the Far North!!
One of New Zealand’s best kept secrets are the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, located right in the heart of the Waiomio Valley, the caves are home to thousands of luminous glow worms, breath taking rock formations and lush green rainforest. Explore the world famous milky way, a cavern filled with glow worms as far as the eye can see. Journey underground through networks of stalactites and stalagmites to hidden chambers like the Waiomio night sky where the glow worms are so close you can almost touch them. Enjoy a guided tour experiencing a personal touch as we share one of New Zealand’s natural wonders.
Our final stop on this adventure is the Opua Kauri Forest, This is a short but delightful stroll, partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 400 years in age.