Welcome to Kerikeri


A snapshot of early Māori and British interaction is offered by a cluster of historic sites centred on the picturesque river basin. In 1819 the powerful Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika allowed Reverend Samuel Marsden to start a mission under the shadow of his Kororipo Pā. There’s an ongoing campaign to have the area recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site.


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$109.94 Shore Excursions

5.5-Hour Bay of Islands Shore Excursion from Waitangi Wharf

At 9am you will be met by your tour guide at the Waitangi Wharf before you depart on your half-day tour. Your first stop is the Kawiti glow worm caves which is about a 30-minute drive from the Waitangi Wharf. You will be able to enjoy a magical glowworm experience. You will then move on to Kawakawa. This is a small town which is also known as “train town”.   At 11:45am you will be at the Puketi Forest. This is a 15,000 hectare forest which contains magnificent stands of Kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The next stop is the Makana Chocolate Factory in Kerikeri. This is a boutique chocolate factory where you can watch the making of chocolates, taste a few samples and of course shop for some delicious treats. You will also be able to visit the Kauri Workshop next door which has crafts and collectables for sale. You will then visit the famous horse shoe waterfalls, Haruru Falls. These falls are located in a hidden valley on the beautiful and peaceful Waitangi River. The last stop of the day is the Waitangi look-out Loop. This is a final chance to take in the stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands, before your transportation back to the wharf or Paihia if you would prefer to have a look around.

$72.63 Shore Excursions

Bay of Islands Small-Group Shore Excursion

Our tour departs from  Waitangi Wharf where the tenders arrive. First stop is the  Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall, its name meaning "Big Noise".  Next we head inland through farmland to the historic  "Te Waimate Mission House". Built in 1832, it is the only survivor of three missions founded in 1830 by the Church Missionary Society and is a simple Georgian building, the Mission Society's first farm, and forerunner of modern agriculture in New Zealand.  After a short introduction by the volunteer guide, you are free to explore the Mission House, Church and Churchyard, then wander the extensive grounds with magnificent trees. The Mission Station is also where we usually take our morning tea/coffee and cake refreshments, though on some days we may visit a local cafe instead.  The region is also known for its successful horticulture and niche food products, so our next visit is to the  Makana Chocolate factory to sample their hand made chocolates. There is time to visit the adjacent wood crafts shop and exhibition as well.  Heading through the township of Kerikeri, our final stop is at the Kerikeri Inlet, where the river meets the sea and is the location of the original Mission Station which was established here in 1819.  There are two significant buildings to see here, "The Stone Store" built in 1832, originally used as a Missionary Society warehouse. Over the ensuing years the building was reutilised as a trading post, library, barracks and boys' school.  Adjacent is  "Kemp House", New Zealand's oldest building completed in 1821/22 by missionary carpenters and Maori sawyers. Kemp House was a family home of simple, Georgian design. It has changed little over time, despite bearing witness to many historically significant events. There is time for you to explore this very historic part of the Bay of Islands before we head back to Waitangi.  We can drop you in Paihia for sightseeing or shopping (free shuttle back to the tender wharf), or at the  Waitangi Treaty Grounds, ($50 entry fee) - New Zealand's most important historic site, just a short walk back to the wharf to catch the tender to your ship.  Please note on some dates we may use larger 22 seat mini-coaches and also change the order of the itinerary.

$41.31 Day Trips & Excursions

Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour from Bay of Islands

Your afternoon tour starts on the Paihia waterfront, where you’ll board your coach for the approximate 20-minute drive northwest to Kerikeri. Your first stop is Ake Ake, a small, family-run vineyard outside Kerikeri where you can enjoy samples of organic wine and coffee. Then head into town to visit two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings from the time of European settlement — the Mission House and Stone Store. Learn about Kerikeri’s history, including the relationship between the Maori chief Hongi Hika and early European settlers, and hear about Reverend Marsden, a missionary who is credited with planting the grapevines that eventually led to the area’s thriving industry. At the Stone Store — originally built to house mission supplies and wheat — you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Next, visit the Makana Confections, a chocolate factory where you can watch chocolate being made and try a few samples. Purchase some to take home, if you wish, before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to Paihia, where your tour ends. Optional sightseeing cruise:Upgrade your tour to include a 2-hour cruise through the Bay of Islands before your tour to Kerikeri. Pass by Black Rocks, and stop to see Marsden Cross, the site of the country’s first planned European settlement. See Roberton Island (Motuarohia), where several archaeological sites have been excavated, and learn about the history of the Bay of Islands from the onboard commentary. Keep your eyes open for marine life like whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and sea birds.Your cruise ends back in Paihia, where you have free time to get lunch (own expense) before the tour to Kerikeri.

$99.28 Shore Excursions

Bay of Islands and Glowworm Caves from Paihia Small-Group Tour

Departing from Waitangi Wharf (where the tenders arrive), our first destination is the  Kawiti Glowworm Caves where a local Maori guide will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms and tell you how the caves came to be formed. The magic of these amazing insects will blow you away. Then, a short drive to Kawakawa, location of 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.  Next to the historic  "Te Waimate Mission House". Built in 1832, it is the only survivor of three missions founded in 1830 by the Church Missionary Society and is a simple Georgian building, the Mission Society's first farm, and forerunner of modern agriculture in New Zealand.  After a short introduction by the volunteer guide, you are free to explore the Mission House, Church and Churchyard, then wander the extensive grounds with magnificent trees.  For lunch (your cost) we have reserved tables at a local cafe (also part of a garden centre) which offers a wide range of light lunch options.  A short drive after lunch to the  Makana Chocolate factory to sample their hand made chocolates and time to visit the adjacent wood crafts shop and exhibition.  Passing through Kerikeri, we stop at the Kerikeri Inlet, where the river meets the sea. This is the location of the original Mission Station which was established here 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. Kemp House was a family home of simple, Georgian design. It has changed little over time, despite bearing witness to many historically significant events.  Our last stop is at the  Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall, its name meaning "Big Noise".  Please note, on some dates we may use larger 22 seat mini-coaches and also change the order of the itinerary.

$137.92 Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

The sunny Bay of Islands will provide you with golden beaches, secluded coves, tranquil harbors, warm waters, dramatic coastlines, amazing walks, and a spectacular forest. The beautiful natural attractions are only a fraction of what this area has to offer. The perfect place to enjoy your time ashore! History hangs heavily in the Bay of Islands. Local historical sites can be found throughout the region including Paihia, Kerikeri, Russell as well as one of New Zealand’s most significant historical sites – the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The site of the earliest settlements of both Māori and Europeans, Bay of Islands is unquestionably the birthplace of the nation.The Bay of Islands (almost 150 islands) is one of the best places in New Zealand to view marine life. With incredible sea creatures on and under the water to see, including dolphins and whales.Enjoy Haruru Falls. Located just around the corner from Paihia, it showcases a breath-taking waterfall. Visit the Stone Store and Kemp House, 2 of the oldest surviving buildings in the country. See the stunning Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri's outskirts. This tour include wonderful 1.5 hours return walk to Rainbow Falls as well as to Wharepuke Falls. Step back in time with a visit to Rewa’s Village, a full scale replica of a pre-European Māori fishing village!Do not forget the scrumptious food and wine and indulge yourself with the delicious fresh local produce, seafood, gourmet goods and award winning wines available across the entire region.

$137.92 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

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)