This private full-day, Bay of Islands Sightseeing tour is specially designed to show you all the highlights of this brilliant place. You will be shown around the area as well as seeing all the fabulous wineries and foodie places the Bay of Islands has on offer. This tour is for everyone, packed full of fun and information and has a lot of history and beautiful places to visit. The delicious confectionery you will try – just can't be better.Kerikeri area wineries offer fabulous tasting wines in an extraordinary setting. The wineries are all nestled in the most enchanting scenery. Each winery offers its own unique experience delivering a unique atmosphere.
The first vines in New Zealand were planted in the Bay of Islands by the missionary, Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1819. In the late 1800’s, the Croatian gum-diggers arrived in Northland, bringing their European tradition of winemaking. This has been the foundation of the New Zealand wine industry, with many of today’s successful wine companies able to trace their lineage back to Northland. Its northern location and closeness to the sea (nowhere is the sea more than 50 kilometres away) give the Northland region an almost subtropical climate – humid, sunny and warm. With the country’s highest average annual temperature, the total amount of heat available to the vines to ripen their grapes during the growing season is greater in Northland than in any of the country’s other wine regions. Soils are mainly clay-rich loam soils over a sub-soil of compact clay, with most of the region’s land lying below 150 meters.In terms of wine styles, the regions tropical Chardonnays, popular Pinot Gris and vibrant Viogniers are leading the white wine growth, whilst red wines include spicy Syrahs, stylish Cabernet / Merlot blends, peppery Pinotages and complex Chambourcin.This is a list of the attractions you can enjoy on this tour: • WaitangiTreaty 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 (Additional costs apply of approximately NZ$40 per person) • 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. • Rainbow Falls (Kerikeri) – stunning Rainbow Falls on 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. • Visit of the most popular wineries in Kerikeri area for wine tasting and lunch (Additional costs apply)