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Bay of Islands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Rainforest  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 450 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1200 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Explore the historic Bay of Island, an steeped in the early history of New Zealand - an early Maori settlement, European whaling port and in Waitangi, where New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between Maori chiefs and the British Crown.

Your full day tour with your personal driver/host will explore the Kerikeri Basin, North of Waitangi, where the Maori Chief Hone Hika first welcomed missionaries in 1819 resulting in the establishment of a Church Mission Settlement. This interaction set up the framework for New Zealand's bi-cultural society. Of particular historical and architectural interest will be a visit to New Zealand's oldest house, Kemp House (1821-22), and an historic stone store (1832).

Within the Kerikeri Basin you will visit one of the largest tracts of reserved native forest in Northland (12,000 acres) of kauri, podocarp and hardwood trees and a rich diversity of plant species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Your guide will accompany you on a 1hr walk on well formed paths through the native forest to view the magnificent kauris, which are part of the ancient podocarp family established at the time Zelandia (NZ) split away from Gondawana Land 80 million years ago.

There will be a stop for lunch at an excellent café in the area and in the early afternoon your host will drive you to Waitangi where you will have a guided tour through the historically important Treaty House and Grounds and in the whare (meeting house) situated in the grounds, be entertained by the resident kapahaka group (Maori cultural performers) who will provide a special introduction to New Zealand’s unique indigenous Maori culture with a 30-40min performance of waiata (singing), poi, Māori weaponry, as well as the famous haka. After the performance you will have the opportunity to interact with the performers.

At the finish of the performance, after viewing the waka tua (war canoe), your host will drive you back to Waitangi.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:

- Private guide
- Premium vehcicle
- Guided tour fee Puketi Forest
- Entry fee guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

About This Supplier
Location: New Zealand
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2006

Our company is an internationally recognised tour operator and guide. We have spent over 12 years escorting VIP visitors to New Zealand shores and has received a number of professional accolades for our expertise and high level of customer service. With us it’s not just what you see and do, it’s how you get to...

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