Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Puketi Rainforest Guided Walk

Kerikeri, New Zealand

From US$112.11

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a Bay of Islands shore excursion to the Puketi Rainforest for a half-day guided hike from Waitangi Wharf. You’ll follow a moderately strenuous footpath though a subtropical rainforest of lofty kauri trees and pass by cascading waterfalls as your guide shares local knowledge of rare bird and plant species. Enjoy morning tea on this small-group tour, limited to eight people for a personalized experience. Port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the Puketi Rainforest in Bay of Islands, from Waitangi Wharf
  • Learn about New Zealand’s rainforest from a knowledgeable local guide
  • Get a close look at the native flora and fauna in a subtropical rainforest
  • Small-group of 8 passengers per guide

What's Included

  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Local guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

09:30 AM

Pickup details

Departure Point: Waitangi Wharf Directions: The local tour operator, Adventure Puketi will be waiting at the pier holding a sign with your name Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately at 1:15pm

What To Expect

Walk under New Zealand’s towering kauri trees, only found on the North Island, on this Bay of Islands shore excursion. You’ll tramp along a boardwalk and up and down some steep sections on a moderately strenuous trek suitable for fit hikers. 

After pickup from the cruise terminal, you’re driven to the Puketi Rainforest to start your guided walk along well-marked paths in the subtropical forest. Learn about the native flora and fauna in this sanctuary, including the now-protected kauri trees — considered some of the world’s oldest trees whose ancestors date back to the Jurassic period. Marvel at two of New Zealand’s largest kauris and hear Maori legends about these ancient giants. 

Pass by thundering waterfalls and enjoy a stop for morning tea at the halfway point of your hike. Your guide points out birdlife, such as the rare and reintroduced kokako, and discusses some of the 370 recorded plant species.

At the completion of your Puketi Rainforest walk, you will be returned to your ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Bay of Islands port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Puketi Nature Trail

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking (Full day tour if option selected)
  • Medium fitness level required on half day walk, higher level of fitness required on full day walk.
  • Please bring good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and day pack.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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25 reviews
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Great excursion in the Bay of Islands!
Yvonne_B, Feb 2023
What a wonderful excursion into the Puketi rainforest to see the majestic Kauri trees. Our guide, Ian, was early to pick us up and made sure we knew right where to meet him from our ship. We were in a group of 4 people and had the perfect guide! Engaging, fun, comfortable, so smart, he grew up here and knew so much about many different New Zealand topics. He is very passionate about his country and shared it with us. He talked to us in detail about the flora and fauna as we hiked a beautiful walk in the woods. We also stopped at a second location for a shorter walk too. I highly recommend doing this tour and ask for Ian, he is the best!
Helen was great
Michelle_S, Jan 2023
Our hiking guide, Helen, was passionate and knowledgeable. We enjoyed her pride in her forest. Our small group got our exercise for the day
FABULOUS private tour!
Clara_S, Dec 2022
This was one of of the best tours we've had in all of our cruising experiences over the years. Our tour guide, Ian, was very friendly, patient and knowledgeable. The rainforest walk was spectacular, and we learned so much about the ecosystem and their conservation efforts. Ian brought some delicious muffins his wife made for us to enjoy when we took a short break and also took us to this wonderful local Blueberry farm where we had some delicious fresh blueberries and amazing blueberry frozen yogurt. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this tour and highly recommend it.
Rainforest getaway
Nancy_A, Dec 2022
If you love trees this trip is for you! This Rainforest tour was really nice. We were picked up promptly and taken to the forest. The tour guide was very informative and knew slot about the trees and conservation of the trees inside and the wildlife. The birds were hard to see but did see a beautiful pigeon as well as fan tails. Very peaceful. Great team and trip.
Well off of the paved road
Tom P, Jan 2020
We did a shore excursion trip with Puketi Rainforest Tours last week. Ian picked us up as we came off our ship, and drove us to the start point, providing a positive and gracious commentary as he drove. His wife Barbara drove us back to town after the tour, and dropped us as planned and on time. Everything came off like clockwork. Helen led our small (three customers) tour. She was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the flora and the birds and the moths. Her bird calls were a pleasant surprise. She went into a bit more detail than we wanted, actually, but that's just us. She answered all our questions to our complete satisfaction. It was a great encounter.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you for your review.Helen just loves the forest.
Enjoyable few hours learning about...
Amanda_M, Dec 2016
Enjoyable few hours learning about the flora and fauna of the rainforest shown by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
Helen was a very enthusiastic tour...
woodtick, Mar 2016
Helen was a very enthusiastic tour guide. Her excitement and knowledge about all the life in the Rainforest really added experience. Very enjoyable experience.
We missed the start of our tour due...
Sarah H, Mar 2016
We missed the start of our tour due to a delay on the ship and we were worried we would have missed it. Ian was waiting on the dock. As we had missed the main tour he took us on a private tour which was amazing. Very knowledgeable. Pointed out lots of plants and animals during our walk through the rainforest. Fantastic company, Highly recommend
we had only 4 in our group, which...
michael h, Feb 2016
we had only 4 in our group, which was really nice Ian did a great job of leading us through the forest, pointing out interesting plants and animals he was very knowledgeable of this environment and demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm for the land and what he does in explaining it to his guests i would highly recommend this tour
Ian was an excellent guide. Had a...
grannyo2, Dec 2015
Ian was an excellent guide. Had a great hike in the woods and learned much about the local area.
Easy for walking, can be done by...
Cornelia E, Dec 2015
Easy for walking, can be done by nearly everyone. We had an excellent tour guide who told us a lot of interesting information about all the plants and birds. We recommend to book the longer tour for approx. 3 h
Guides/hosts were great and take...
Michael G, Jan 2015
Guides/hosts were great and take their conservation responsiibilites seriously. Would have given it 5 except not as advertized. this is a STRENUOUS, not moderate walk through a protected preserve (trust). The concept of walking on a boaded walk is nonsense as most of the trek was up and down steep inclines on narrow, muddy paths. Recommend dressing for a tough 2-2.5 mile hike. The guides are knowledgeable and it was one of the most education tours we have been on. The tour guides are good people and the work they do is impressive and with simple clarification in what to expect think everyone should go as possible but it could be dangerous for some in poor health
This walk was definitely a highlight...
Evelyn B, Jan 2015
This walk was definitely a highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Ian knew the rainforest so well and it we felt as if we were wandering in a magic world far removed from modern times.
This hike was beautiful and the...
Michael B, Jan 2015
This hike was beautiful and the people running the tour were wonderful. However it is a hike and not a walk. The first portion was a lovely walk thru the forest. The second portion was definitely a hike thru a slippery muddy narrow path over tree roots with both some serious uphill and downhill portions. The mud of course is not under anyone's control but the steepness of portions of the path were a little hard on my 60 year old knees. I would recommend this tour but be forewarned about the physical effort required.
We had an awesome adventure on our...
Marjorie R, Apr 2014
We had an awesome adventure on our Rain Forest Hike. Barb picked us up at the pier, after we arrived from our ship tender. She drove us to the Puketi Rainforest where we met our guide Ian. This was an exhilarating walk throughout the rainforest, actually more of a hike, which was totally fine for us. We enjoyed the challenge. Ian was an endless source of information about the vegetation, Kauri trees, and the wildlife of the area. After we finished our hike we had bottled water and homemade muffins, made by Barb (a nice touch). This tour exceeded our expectations, and we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a hiking challenge.
This is nice to do if you enjoy a...
Michael B, Jan 2014
This is nice to do if you enjoy a walk through a forest. The Guide loved the place and his enthusiasm shone through. The people running the tour were full of bon viveur.
Tres relaxent et interessante...
Alain C, Mar 2016
Tres relaxent et interessante excurtion pedeste, Elene est une guide forestière incroyable la forêt est son jardins personnel, elle connait tous ses arbres et ses oiseaux son métier est une passion pour elle. Cette femme respire le bonheur et là sérénités. Barbara notre chauffeur connaît la région, elle nous a donné d'excellents informations, je recommande ce tour pour les amoureux de la nature.

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