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Highlights And Glow Worm Caves

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Experience some of the highlights of the Bay of Islands region when you travel to Haruru Falls, Kerikeri, Kawakawa, and the famous Kawiti Glow Worm Caves.

Highlights and Glow Worm Caves

Begin your exciting day directly at the Waitangi Wharf after you have tendered ashore from your cruise ship and you meet your guide.

Your first destination is the Haruru Falls, which translates to "big noise." Back in the 1800's, more than 100 Maori villages lined the banks of the Haruru River, and Maori legend says that a taniwha (water monster) lives in the lagoon below the falls.

Next, you'll head to Kerikeri, a town with a rich and colorful history, and location of the the Stone Store and New Zealand's oldest building, the adjacent Kemp House. Kerikeri is also known for its successful horticulture and niche food products, so a visit to the Makana Chocolates factory to try their handmade chocolates cannot be missed. Ice cream or coffee from their adjacent cafe is also available for purchase.

After free time for lunch on your own, you'll travel south to the town of Kawakawa, through which the railway runs in the middle of the road. It is also location to the now world famous "Hundertwasser Toilets," one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art. They were designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who lived in Kawakawa from 1975 until his death in 2000.

Your last destination will be the Kawiti Glow Worm 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 found. Located right in the heart of the Waiomio Valley, the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves are home to thousands of luminous glow worms, breath-taking rock formations, and lush green rainforest. 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. After the glow worm caves tour, head north around a forested coastline to Paihia and the ship.

From Paihia, it's just a short drive back to Waitangi to board the tenders to your cruise ship.

Please Note: You may also choose to end your tour at the Waitangi Treaty House (admission not included), or in Paihia to sightsee and shop. Guests ending their tour at the Waitangi Treaty House or in Paihia are responsible for their own transportation back to the pier. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an approximately 5-minute walk back to the cruise ship, and a return shuttle from Paihia to the ship may be available. The itinerary of the tour may change on any given day depending on travel conditions.

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from $99.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
A chocolate tasting is included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing and closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are suggested.
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour; however, due to passenger loading laws in New Zealand, all passengers (including infants) must purchase a seat for travel. Infants are not permitted to ride on a parent's lap. Parents must bring their own car seats, and will be charged an additional fee for the infant. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Storage space is not available for push chairs or strollers.