9.30 am from Waitangi Wharf
This is a tendered port , so when you disembark your tender boat, walk to end of jetty and look for somebody holding your name board. Full instructions and contacts will be on your tour voucher.
We will meet you on the Waitangi Wharf after you have tendered ashore, and depart for the sub-tropical Kauri rainforest. You will take an easy 20-minute return walk along the boardwalk and experience the Kauri Trees giant presence and magnificent stature. From here we head off to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves to 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.
From the grotto of the underground we head of to Kawakawa via the Hundertwasster Toilets– now these aren’t just toilets, but an attraction in their own right; an international work of art designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
In Kawakawa we provide a short lunch stop (additional cost) at a local café / bakery to grab a coffee and something to eat “on the go”. We continue our journey to the exquisite Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory, where you get to do some sampling, and perhaps purchase some of the indulgent confections for your afternoon tea. We depart Makana for Haruru Falls, showcasing a breath-taking waterfall which falls in the shape of a horse shoe. Maori legend says that a taniwha (water monster) lives in the lagoon below Haruru Falls.
We continue our route to the Waitangi Look Out Loop– a great place to get your bearings in the Bay of Islands, with stunning views from Opua out towards Waitangi and Paihia, over to Russell and out across the Bay. Your tour comes to a close back at Paihia, where you can tender back to your ship, or walk through the township, or to the Waitangi Treaty House which marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation.