Bay of Islands Cultural Tour | Giants & Glowworms

Bay of Islands Cultural Tour | Giants & Glowworms

Travel to the Hokianga and meet your local Māori guide, then venture into the ancient Waipoua Kauri Forest for an unforgettable encounter. Learn about life in the forest and hear Māori waiata (songs), myths and legends as your guide takes you on an intimate journey through nature and explains how the lives of local Māori are intertwined with the forest.

The Waipoua forest is home to some of the most significant Kauri trees still standing. Te Matua Ngahere (The Father of the Forest) is estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, with a girth of 16 metres, while The Four Sisters are a graceful collection of Kauri that have grown close together in sibling harmony.

Finally, meet a national icon, the truly impressive Tāne Mahuta (the Lord of the Forest). The largest known Kauri tree in the world aged up to 2,500 years old, his mighty girth is over 13 metres and he stands an impressive 51 metres (167 feet) high. Stand beneath this ancient giant and hear the legend of how he separated earth and sky at the beginning of the world.

After your forest encounter, spend some time in the Hokianga town of Opononi before turning back towards Paihia along the old stagecoach route. This trail was first marked out by early Māori and then frequented by traders and merchants who transported supplies, Kauri, gum and timber between the coasts.

On your way back, stop at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves and discover one of Northland's best-kept secrets. These family-run caves will delight you with twinkling glowworms, amazing limestone rock formations including stalactites and stalagmites, all surrounded in lush green native forest.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cultural
From: Paihia to Paihia
Price: From (NZD) $132 per person
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Code: kch

Inclusions

Waipoua Forest
Kawiti Glowworm Caves
Informative and engaging driver commentary

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  • Departure Point: Maritime Building, Paihia waterfront
  • Departure Time: 8:00am
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Return Details: Concludes at original point of departure
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to operate
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Please report 15 minutes before departure
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A full commentary is provided by your driver and guides. The Māori language is spoken at key points throughout the journey, with English interpretation provided
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-14 years inclusive (0-4 years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • Bring a sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, walking shoes, jacket, and a camera. We advise to dress warmly in Winter.
  • Refreshment stops are made for morning and afternoon tea (own expense). Enjoy a pub lunch at Opononi Hotel (own expense).

Tourism Affiliations

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Bay of Islands Cultural Tour | Giants & Glowworms
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Tour Code: kch
From (NZD) $132 per person
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