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Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves provided by Shore Trips & Tours

Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves

Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves
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About
This small-group shore excursion in the Bay of Islands features its main natural and cultural attractions. You’re treated to guided tours of the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Haruru Falls, Hundertwasser Toilets, and Te Waimate Mission Station, to name a few. Visit Makana Chocolates for a tasting and enjoy hassle-free transport from Waitangi Wharf.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Explore the main attractions in the Bay of Islands
  • Guide takes you chocolate tasting and provides transport
  • Includes port pickup and drop-off at Waitangi Wharf
  • Small-group shore excursion limited to 15 people
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Highlights
  • Explore the main attractions in the Bay of Islands
  • Guide takes you chocolate tasting and provides transport
  • Includes port pickup and drop-off at Waitangi Wharf
  • Small-group shore excursion limited to 15 people
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9218P21
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour with friendly local guide.
  • Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minibus.
  • Entry to historic Waimate Mission Station.
  • Visit to the famous Hundertwasser toilets
  • Visit Haruru Waterfall.
  • Tasting at Makana Chocolates.
  • Entry to Kawiti Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Kawiti Caves
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, however, you can buy your own at the lunch stop in Kerikeri where you will have reserved seating.
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The tour starts at the Waitangi Wharf where the ships tenders bring you to shore. The Shore Trips & Tours staff are waiting by the yacht club opposite the wharf. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time to check in. If you have difficulty getting ashore in time please call us so we can inform the guides. Please catch the earliest tender possible. We will not wait longer than 15 minutes and refunds will not be given if you miss the tour.
  • Ports:
  • Waitangi Wharf, Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia 0293, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters or wheelchairs as there is limited storage capacity on the minibus.
  • Please note there is limited storage capacity on the minibus for pushchairs or strollers. You must notify us at the time of booking if you are bringing any item that requires storage.
  • Please note on rare occasions we may be required to substitute a different vehicle onto this tour which has 22 seats.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Please purchase a ticket for all travelers in your group - including 'purchasing' a ticket for all infants. NZ transport law requires us to count all heads on board. One child or infant max per adult ticket.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour is for passengers arriving on a cruise ship into the Bay of Islands
  • This is a Pre Booked Tour Only!
  • No sales on the day of the Tour!
  • 10am is the regular tour start time. This will be adjusted for early/late arriving ships. We will advise any time change at time of booking
  • Please ensure you provide a contact phone number and/or email address that you will have with you whilst on holiday so any last minute tour time changes can be notified
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour with friendly local guide.
  • Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minibus.
  • Entry to historic Waimate Mission Station.
  • Visit to the famous Hundertwasser toilets
  • Visit Haruru Waterfall.
  • Tasting at Makana Chocolates.
  • Entry to Kawiti Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Kawiti Caves
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, however, you can buy your own at the lunch stop in Kerikeri where you will have reserved seating.
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The tour starts at the Waitangi Wharf where the ships tenders bring you to shore. The Shore Trips & Tours staff are waiting by the yacht club opposite the wharf. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time to check in. If you have difficulty getting ashore in time please call us so we can inform the guides. Please catch the earliest tender possible. We will not wait longer than 15 minutes and refunds will not be given if you miss the tour.
  • Ports:
  • Waitangi Wharf, Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia 0293, New Zealand
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters or wheelchairs as there is limited storage capacity on the minibus.
  • Please note there is limited storage capacity on the minibus for pushchairs or strollers. You must notify us at the time of booking if you are bringing any item that requires storage.
  • Please note on rare occasions we may be required to substitute a different vehicle onto this tour which has 22 seats.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Please purchase a ticket for all travelers in your group - including 'purchasing' a ticket for all infants. NZ transport law requires us to count all heads on board. One child or infant max per adult ticket.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour is for passengers arriving on a cruise ship into the Bay of Islands
  • This is a Pre Booked Tour Only!
  • No sales on the day of the Tour!
  • 10am is the regular tour start time. This will be adjusted for early/late arriving ships. We will advise any time change at time of booking
  • Please ensure you provide a contact phone number and/or email address that you will have with you whilst on holiday so any last minute tour time changes can be notified
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 21 Jul 2021
A note from Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Kawiti Caves
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Makana Chocolate Boutique
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Haruru Falls
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Carol E
5 contributions
Exciting Day
Mar 2020
Our Bay of Islands tour with Glowworm Cave as an exceptional day. Our tour guide, Jill, was very friendly and very informative. She kept the tour on schedule so we arrived back at our cruise ship on time. Something we always are concerned about when we book tours not through the cruise line. All in all, Jill was awesome!
Written 23 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
IanH4043
Great to know you had a good day with Jill in the Bay of Islands. Being on time so we dont miss the ship is a number one priority [we have never missed a ship in 19 years] so thanks for your review. Regards ian
Written 21 April 2020
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janie180
Manchester, UK54 contributions
Great tour
Feb 2020
We booked this tour with Shore trips and tours, the guide was very knowedgable and very friendly.
We had a proble with the tender from the boat they were running late I phoned the company and was told not to worry as they would wait for us, I would advise if you are going to be late keep the company up to date with where you are as one couple arrived for there coach 15 mins late and were told the coach had gone.
The trip to the chocholate factory was nice and the free samples very tasty the little gift shop just down from the choc factory was worth a vist as had some lovely wooden items.
The little cafe we visited at the garden centre was verty nice it was only a quick stop but pleny of choice from the cabinet.
The trip to the glow worm cave was well worth the trip the little glow worms are amazing you can not believe how many there are in the cave, there are toilets and a little van selling drinks.
The final stop was overlooking the bay where the ship was, what an amazing site, beautiful views excellent photo stop and our guide was very helpful taking snaps of everyone.
Written 3 March 2020
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IanH4043
Thanks Jane, so pleased you enjoyed the tour, this is one i sometimes drive myself so totally understand how you had such a great day. Regards Ian
Written 16 March 2020
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drsharonleed
Kennebunkport, ME228 contributions
Variety of the area
Dec 2019 • Couples
My husband and I took this tour while visiting Bay of islands. The guide Paul (aka Fred) and driver were good natured and helpful. Lunch was tasty; they brought us to a small restaurant that seemed overwhelmed at our visit, but the food was good.
Written 4 December 2019
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Amanda C
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Small Group Tour
Was a great tour, guide was helpful. We all had a blast! As weird as the toilet visit is....it was truely fascinating!!
Written 3 December 2019
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IanH4043
Not many places where you can visit a "public toilet" as part of a tour, complete with camera and video gear and not get arrested. That's the far north town of Kawakawa where you saw the Hundertwasser Toilets. Even more strange is when the vintage train trundles down the centre of the town high street! Pleased you all had a great time and thank you for the review. Regards Ian
Written 22 December 2019
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Natalie T
Greater Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Glowworm caves trip
Nov 2019
Disappointed - unfortunately were just 10 minutes late because of the tender and they could not wait - they left us behind to fend for ourselves.
Written 17 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
IanH4043
Thank you for giving a review, however we have replied to your emails you sent direct to us with a full explanation of how you managed to miss the tour. You actually booked the tour through a web site called The Shore Excursions Group, this is based in America. You booked the tour with them in September. The ship that day was leaving earlier than expected at 4pm, so at the beginning of October we updated our database to a revised start time of 9am, not the usual 9.30am. We sent this information to The Shore Excursions Group in early October and also checked they had updated their records and told all the cleints booked [we did this on the 16th OCT and have an email from them confirming this. On the day in the Bay Of Islands, 11th NOV. All of the clients except you came off the ship in good time, in fact some of the minibuses departed early as they were full at 08:15, 08:25 and 08:45. The last one waited for you until 09:28, keeping all the other who had arrived on time waiting for 28 minutes. Note that we usually only wait a maximum of 10 minutes. During this wait we tried to contact you directly with the number SEG had on file, we also called the agents emergency number to see if they could make contact with you, but theu could not. So if you have a review to post you need to be sure that the relevant party is the one who gets the review. We suggest that you contact the booking agency who you booked with and ask why you were not advised of the change to the start time. It seems odd that all the other clients received their updated information, it was only you that arrived late. We did leave early, we did everything we could in the circumstances. If you wish to respond to the emails we sent you today i would be happy to assist with any attempt you wish to make with the agency to achieve an answer from them. Regards Ian Holroyd - Business Owner
Written 24 November 2019
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tlahuele
Henderson, NV438 contributions
Interesting Tour
Feb 2019 • Couples
The itinerary was good. Minibus transportation in a beautiful area. The glowworm caves were outstanding, our favorite part of the tour. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside the caves as the glowworms are damaged from the camera flashes. The tour guide was very personable.
Written 18 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello tlahuele, thank you for your review and we are pleased you had a great time with our guide in what is one of the most beautiful parts of NZ. Kind regards Kim
Written 19 March 2019
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749dileepb
Gig Harbor, WA113 contributions
Bay of Islands Shore Excursion from Paihia
Nov 2018 • Couples
Full Day (6 hour) tour with visits to Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, Kawakawa toilets, Waimate Mission House, Keri Keri Stone Store and Haruru Falls. Very scenic tour in a 12 person van. Very scnic. Paul was a good driver and guide. Kawiti Glow Worm Caves are viewed in a walk in the dark as opposed to the boats in Waitomo. Chocolate factory was not very interesting.
Written 25 November 2018
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HI Dileep, thank you for your review and we're pleased you enjoyed our tour. The Kawiti Glowworm Caves are a great and popular alterative if you can't visit the Waitomo Caves. Much more authentic and non commercial too which is nice. Thanks again for taking the time to share with others. Kind regards Kim
Written 26 November 2018
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SusanHaas
Gilbert, AZ26 contributions
Got to see the Glowworms Cave
Feb 2018
This was not at all what I expected. Our tour was at the end of our cruise and after a 9 hour tour they dropped us at the airport for our flight home. We walked through the caves with a guide for about an hour. Then got on a small boat and rode through the cave. No talking allowed, only looking at the glow of the glowworms in the ceiling of the caves. No picture taking allowed in the cave. But I bought a couple of postcards when it was over so I could keep the memories for the scrapbook.
Written 9 April 2018
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Fred111
Virginia171 contributions
Great Tour
Dec 2017 • Couples
We took this tour and were very happy with the service. It was exactly as described and very interesting. Our driver/tour guide Jill was personable and had a good knowledge of the area. She was funny and ket our attention. Highlight of the tour was the Glow Worm cave. Don't take the short tour and miss the outstanding stop.
Written 12 December 2017
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Thank you Fred111 for your review and yes Jill is a wonderful lady and guide. We are happy you enjoyed her company for the day. To clarify for the readers the 'short tour' that Fred111 refers to is another highlights tour that we operate that doesn't include the glowworm caves. Thanks again Fred111. Kind regards Kim
Written 20 December 2017
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