Discover New Zealand's historic Maori and European influences during this scenic journey to Kerikeri and Waitangi.
Depart the Waitangi Wharf for the drive to Paihia, the commercial center of the Bay of Islands and site where one of the earliest missionary stations was established in 1823. You will then continue on to Kerikeri, where New Zealand missionaries built the first house, Kemp House, and adjacent Stone Store. Today, Kerikeri is a thriving citrus fruit growing area.
Upon returning to Waitangi, you will visit the recently-restored Waitangi Treaty House. It was here that the Maori chiefs signed over sovereignty of their lands to Queen Victoria of Great Britain in 1840. Most of the timber used to build this house, first lived in by British resident and acting Governor James Busby, was brought over from Sydney and later assembled on site.
Your tour will conclude with a stroll through the beautiful grounds of the Treaty House. Along the way, you will see the impressive Maori meeting place, or marae, and canoe, or waka. Upon reaching the lower end of the Treaty Grounds, you will be met and transferred back to the Waitangi Wharf.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 100 yards to walk to the Kemp House and Stone Store, and about 700 yards of mostly downhill walking at the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds. There are 12 steps in the Stone Store to access the 1st floor (optional).