North Island

Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks .This is not a Shore Excursion product .

Ōkaihau, New Zealand

From US$71.23

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 to 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Walk among towering kauri trees in the Puketi Rainforest on a half-day, full-day or nighttime guided hike, starting from Okaihau in the Bay of Islands. A knowledgeable guide points out rare bird and plant species while you trek past thundering waterfalls on a moderately strenuous footpath though the subtropical rainforest — suitable for strong hikers. Numbers are limited to a maximum of six people to ensure a small-group experience. Morning or afternoon tea with optional lunch are included, depending on tour selected.
  • Guided rainforest walk in Puketi
  • Stop for morning and/or afternoon tea
  • Enjoy lunch (if option selected)
  • Professional guide
  • Headlamp provided for night walk
  • Choice of half-day, full-day and night-time walks

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Morning and /or afternoon tea (If day tour options selected)
  • Lunch(If full day tour option selected)
  • Professional guide
  • Head lamp for night walk
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 476 Puketi Road
    476 Puketi Road, Ōkaihau 0475, New Zealand

    Departure Point: 476 Puketi Road, Okaihau. Address: 476 Puketi Road, Okaihau. Directions: 40 mins from the Bay of Islands.20 mins from Kerikeri, 10 mins from the Bay of Islands airports Return point: Returns to original departure point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Join your knowledgeable local guide in the Bay of Islands town of Okaihau to embark on a small-group hike through the Puketi Rainforest. Walk along a boardwalk under New Zealand’s towering kauris, the world’s second largest tree—only found on the North Island. You’ll also tramp up and down some steep sections on a moderately strenuous trek suitable for fit hikers. 

Start your guided walk along well-marked paths and gain fascinating insight into New Zealand's native flora and fauna in this protected subtropical forest preserve. Keep an eye out for rare birds such as the reintroduced kokako, and learn about some of the 370 recorded plant species.

Trek beside the Puketi River and cascading waterfalls in full flow as your guide shares Maori legends and stories from European colonial history. Stop to admire two of New Zealand’s largest kauris and enjoy views of valleys filled with ancient trees whose ancestors date back to the Jurassic period. You’ll learn about forest ecology and see conservation at work.

If you’ve selected a 3-hour hike, enjoy morning or afternoon tea; if you’ve opted for the 6-hour hike, you’ll also stop for a provided lunch. 

If you've selected the nighttime hike, use your provided headlamp to watch the forest come alive after dark, and listen for post-dusk bird calls. Watch bats flying overhead and feeding on insects, and keep a lookout for New Zealand's emblematic bird—the rare, nocturnal kiwi.

Puketi Nature Trail

5 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • A maximum of 6 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.
  • NIGHT WALK - Depart times vary, please confirm at time of booking.
  • 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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Really enjoyed this guided and...
ewan m, Feb 2018
Really enjoyed this guided and highly informative rainforest walk. Our guide Ian is a passionate environmentalist and that is clear from his enthusiasm on discussing all aspects of the rainforest and its inhabitants. We did this walk in pouring rain but it probably enhanced the whole rainforest experience...ponchos provided! Keep up the excellent work Ian!!
Our guide was clearly very...
billgould1, Feb 2016
Our guide was clearly very knowledgeable and for better or worse, there was more things pointed out that could have been seen if we were on the night walk - we took the half day morning walk. We would recommend that this only be undertaken by strong hikers with proper foot gear. Some in our group had to turn back in part because of their poor choice in shoes.
Ian was an excellent guide who made the...
Stephen H, Jan 2015
Ian was an excellent guide who made the trip both informative and enjoyable.
Wonderful tour! So unlike the big...
Scott S, May 2014
Wonderful tour! So unlike the big bus tours that the cruise line offers. Very knowledgeable guide. Ride out to tour went through beautiful scenery. We opted to include a trip to the glow worm cave which was well worth the additional price.
While the walk was a bit harder than...
Gail C, Apr 2014
While the walk was a bit harder than expected, the rainforest was stunning and our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating.
We felt this tour was grossly over...
Dekel_B, Jan 2014
We felt this tour was grossly over priced. ~$75 pp for a walk in a forest, compared to every other tour we did in NZ, is very high. The picture in Viator makes you think there is some kind of a high platform between the trees, there is none. It is simply a guided walk in a forest, nothing less and nothing more. $75 is too much.

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