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Explore the native forests of the Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group included in the price. On your private 4-hour guided tour you will visit two of Northland's subtropical kauri forests and see historic locations, panoramic scenery and rural farming areas away from the crowds. You can also extend your tour with 1-hour option of a winery lunch. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.


If you are arriving off a cruise ship at Waitangi or Paihia, you will be picked up from the tender port at a time that suits, with no need to wait for other groups. If you are staying in Paihia you will be picked up from your accommodation at 10am.

Your day begins with a short drive to the seaside port of Opua for an introduction to the history, culture of the area and a spectacular viewpoint. Next travel along the first of your tour’s unsealed roads to reach the Opua Forest, with the Jeep’s off-road capabilities providing a safe and comfortable ride. Here a 20-minute walk along a well formed trail to a raised platform gets you a tree level view of your first magnificent kauri tree.

Passing the historic site of Pakaraka and through Ohaeawai township takes you to another unsealed road, past working farmland, native bush and sweeping rural views to arrive at the subtropical rain forest of Puketi. Here you can get up close and personal with more ancient kauri trees along a short boardwalk through the forest. More unsealed roads will get you to the quaint village of Kaeo for a stroll around the town. If you have chosen the Winery Lunch option you will then arrive at one of Northland's premier vineyards where you will be treated to wine tasting and a sumptuous meal. (If you have not chosen the lunch option food can be purchased at a quirky cafe in Kaeo)

After lunch you will travel down the Waitangi Valley, past dormant volcanic cones and a working quarry, to reach the horseshoe-shaped Haruru Falls. A short drive up take you to a viewpoint above Waitangi for a last photo stop overlooking the cruise ship anchorage in the inner Bay of Islands. Your personal Jeep tour finishes back where you started, or you can end your tour at the Paihia wharf and explore the seaside town. On cruise ship days there are free shuttle buses to the tender port, making it easy for you to get back to your ship.


    Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

    Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 

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      Operates: See Availability

      Departure Point:
      • Bay of Islands cruise ship tender port
      • Central Paihia accommodation

      Departure Time: If you are arriving off a cruise ship at Waitangi or Paihia, you will be picked up from the tender port at a time that suits, with no need to wait for other groups If you are staying in central Paihia you will be picked up from your accommodation at 10am

      Hotel Pickup Available: Yes

      Return Details:
      Tour can optionally end at the Paihia waterfront. On cruise ship days there are free shuttle buses that can get you back to the tender port.

    • Inclusions:
      • Private tour- only your group in the Jeep
      • Price per Jeep is the same regardless of the number of passengers (per person price drops the more people in your group)
      • Local driver/guide
      • Port pickup and drop-off (if applicable)
      • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
      • Meal in Winery Lunch option
      • Bottled water

    • Exclusions:
      • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase during lunch option)
      • Food and drinks, unless specified

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • A maximum of 4 people per booking
      • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
      • Vehicles can transport a collapsible wheelchair, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking
      • Access to some attractions may be limited for those with walking disabilities due to uneven surfaces
      • The Opua forest walk is not wheelchair accessible
      • A moderate amount of walking is involved to reach all attractions
      • Winery Lunch option has vegetarian and gluten free choices

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