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Waitangi Treaty Grounds 2-Day Pass

1. Waitangi Treaty Grounds 2-Day Pass

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s premier historic site, with a 2-day pass. Valid for two consecutive days, your pass includes an informative 50-minute guided tour, introductory film, and 30-minute cultural performance. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are where New Zealand’s most significant document was signed. Watch an introductory film about the Treaty of Waitangi. Embark on a 50-minute tour with a local guide, with headsets provided so that you can hear clearly. Stroll through the beautiful grounds and admire panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. See the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, and stand in the spot where the treaty was signed. Visit the Museum of Waitangi Te Kongahu to see permanent and changing exhibits, and explore the educational center. Make use of multimedia and visual displays as you admire taonga (treasures). Enjoy a 30-minute cultural performance at the magnificently carved meeting house. Te Pitowhenua, a performing arts group, will invite you inside with a traditional Maori powhiri (welcome). Poi twirling, Maori weaponry, stick games, heavenly harmonies, and a traditional haka dance will leave you spellbound.

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Bay of Islands: Full-Day Tall Ship Sailing Excursion

2. Bay of Islands: Full-Day Tall Ship Sailing Excursion

Catch the breeze and set sail for the day on board the unique tall ship R. Tucker Thompson, built in the tradition of 100-year-old schooners by local Northlanders. She has sailed the world, but today explores the somewhat calmer seas of the Bay of Islands. The design of the tall ship is based on the Halibut schooners of the north-west coast of America, which were considered fast and easily manned. She has the look of a working ship of the 18th century, purposeful and square-shouldered, but with a touch of style and speed. The day out can be an interactive experience, so help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, or climb the rigging. If you prefer, you can relax while the crew does the work. The crew will share stories about the ship, the Bay of Islands and involve you as much or as little as you want. You’ll enjoy the Devonshire cream tea freshly baked in the galley each morning. The ship is spacious and comfortable and the friendly crew makes this a personal experience, suitable for people of all ages. At lunchtime the vessel anchors in a secluded bay. Step ashore, take a swim, or try swinging from the yardarm. With all this sea air and activity you'll have a hearty appetite that will be well taken care of by a tasty BBQ lunch cooked on board. After lunch the ship will head back to the historic village of Russell. The ship is operated as a not-for-profit charitable trust with profits from day sail activities being used to support youth sail training programs over the New Zealand winter. Operating for over 25 years, the ship is Qualmark-approved with a Gold environmental rating.

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Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

3. Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”. The tour commences at 9:00 AM from the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship's tenders will bring you to shore. The first stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where you'll experience this magical glowworm phenomenon on a 1-hour guided tour. From Kawiti, the tour moves onward to Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town”, as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street. From this point you will proceed toward Puketi Forest, a 15,000-hectare forest containing magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The next stop is Kerikeri, also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries, and crafts. Here, watch the making of chocolate, taste some treats, and do some shopping during a visit to Makana Chocolates. You will see the “The Stone Store”, New Zealand’s oldest building, and the adjacent “Kemp House” (without allotted time for entrance). Heading back to Paihia, stop at the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall in a horseshoe shape. Departing the Haruru Falls, the final stop is at the Waitangi Look Out Loop, providing stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands. The tour will either return you to the tenders in Waitangi or drop you to the township of Paihia, should you wish to explore further before catching one of the shuttles back to the tenders.

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From Paihia: Bay of Islands Craft Beer Tour with Lunch

4. From Paihia: Bay of Islands Craft Beer Tour with Lunch

Discover the Bay of Islands, home to some of New Zealand’s best craft breweries. Sample beers and ciders at 3 breweries on a tour from Paihia that includes lunch and all tastings. Start the tour at the Plough and Feather Tap Room, nestled in the historic Kerikeri Domain. Sample 4 of the 20 locally brewed ales and lagers from their sister company, Kainui Brew Co. which has won multiple medals such as NZ Brewer’s Guild Awards and New World Awards. Move onto the Phat House Brewery in Haruru Falls. Founded in 2015, their owners are passionate about every stage of the brewing process. Try up to 4 different products of your choice from their wide range of unfiltered, unpasteurized, preservative-free beers made from natural ingredients. Next, enjoy a meal of homemade pizza (gluten-free and vegetarian options available) and a generous portion of French fries. Make use of a spacious beer garden where you can sit for your tastings. Make way to your final stop, the Craft Beer Kitchen in the heart of Paihia. CBK Craft Bar and Kitchen has taken inspiration from various corners of the world to take you on a tasting journey around Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Pacific Rim. With an ever-changing selection of craft beers and ciders, there is something to suit everyone's palates. Have the opportunity to sample 4 beers at your leisure while enjoying the view from the veranda.

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What people are saying about Paihia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 124 reviews

This is a wonderful place. The museums, Treaty House and top Marae are great. We did a tour and the tour guide was well informed and was able to answer any questions. If you are a kiwi you should only pay $25 each not the $50 charged by this site.

Had a great time, learnt so much, guides and facilities were excellent. Very different from when I was there 18 years ago. A must do, for any Kiwi

Great excursion, had enough time at each stop point and the driver was very knowledgeable. the driver was also flexible to our needs.

Great experience, highly recommend. Pleasant crew that encouraged everyone to make the most of the experience

I definitely recommend doing this tour. Great staff and tour guide. It is a wonderful experience.