Ocean and Kauri Forest Tour

Enjoy an exclusive Māori cultural experience with a guided tour across the picturesque waters of the Bay of Islands and then into the depths of an ancient native kauri forest.

The tour begins at The Landing, one of the earliest sites settled by European settlers in New Zealand. The guests will embark The Landing’s boat Iti Rangi from The Landing jetty, where they will be met by Skipper Brett. During the 20 minute trip to Opua he will show them some of the most significant historical sites of the area and share stories and events that took place in the Bay of Islands.

On arrival to Opua the guests will be met by Stella Schmid, a local guide of Māori descent, who will drive them to the start of the walking track of the ancient Opua native Kauri forest.

The guided tour will take the guests on an informative and educational short walk through the ancient native Kauri forest where they will learn how traditional Māori used the forest to live and support their growing families. Stella will share her extensive knowledge of the birds, trees and insects and demonstrate how her ancestors used the different plants and trees to make their clothing, medicines, musical instruments and many other things.  She will also share her knowledge of plants some of which are still used today for cooking and making medicines.

Learn how much the ancient forest has changed, and when once traps were used to sustain life, now traps are used to save the creatures in it. She will also share with you the results achieved though their ongoing conservation efforts.

The guests will be driven back Opua to meet Brett and embark Iti Rangi.

Maximum 8 guests

Guests then have the option to return to The Landing or explore the picturesque village of Russell whose historic buildings date back to the early 1800’s.  They may choose to stroll the historic village taking in the sites and shops or visit the iconic Duke of Marlborough, the watering hole of ‘reprobates and rascals’ since 1827, where they may enjoy lunch or a drink overlooking the waterfront.

Alternatively guests may choose to explore Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock by helicopter. They will be transferred by Iti Rangi to Paihia where they will board the helicopter and take the one hour trip to Cape Brett and to the Hole in the Rock where they will land on top of the island.

They will be met by a  Māori guide and receive an amazing cultural experience fitting for this special location, bringing together the history and ecological importance of the Motu to the Maori people.  Very few people in history, including Maori, have ever ventured on the island in this way before. Being surrounded by steep cliffs (over 150 metres high) and stunning scenery looking towards Cape Brett and its surrounds.   

Maximum 4 guests

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