Historic Northland Private Tour

With a focus on the 1845 Northland Wars, this private guided tour is an excellent choice for those interested in the missionary history of the area. Explore the back country roads of the Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Toyota SUV with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group included in the price. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.

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6 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Entry/Admission - Te Waimate Mission
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks (available to purchase at stops along the way)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Waitangi, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North Island

    Pass by the location of the cradle of the nation, the location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and learn about the founding document of New Zealand. Stop at the idyllic Waitangi Golf course for views to the Bay of Islands and the cruise ship anchorage.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: 80 Haruru Falls Road, Haruru 0204 New Zealand

    Stop and view the horseshoe shaped waterfalls falls (and the chickens) one of the most photographed locations in the inland Bay of Islands.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Te Waimate Mission, 344 Te Ahu Ahu Road, Waimate North 0472 New Zealand

    Visit the location of the second signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the location of the second oldest surviving wooden building in the country.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lake Omapere, Northland, New Zealand

    Site of the battle between the British forces and Hone Heke supported by Kawiti, in May 1845. Discover the tactics used by both sides at the new style pa at Puketutu.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Ohaeawai, Ohaeawai, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North Island

    Kawiti's Ohaeawai Pa where in June-July 1845 the British forces discovered the Maori had developed defenses against their tactics learnt from the battle at Lake Omapere.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 6885 State Highway 1, Pakaraka 0472 New Zealand

    A memorial church built after the death of Henry Williams, the second Anglican missionary to NZ, by his wife and the local Maori

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser, 60 Gillies St, Kawakawa 0210 New Zealand

    Famous for its photogenic public toilets, designed and built by the Austrian artist Friedrich Hundertwasser, the town also features a historic railway that passes down the centre of the main road. If you are lucky a train may even pass through town and stop traffic.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Ruapekapeka Pa Track, Ruapekapeka Road Ruapekapeka Pā, Northland, Kawakawa New Zealand

    Follow the approximate path the British troops took in 1846 to reach Ruapekapeka Pa, the Maori fortifications, and site of the last battle of the Northland wars.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Opua, Opua, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North Island

    Visit the seaside port of Opua for a final spectacular viewpoint of the Veronica Channel before your personal Jeep expedition finishes back where you started

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1: Paihia Wharf, Bay Of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
    2: Russell Wharf, Russell, Bay of Islands, 27 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If you are arriving off a cruise ship in the Bay of Islands, you will be picked up from the tender jetty. Please ignore the start time and get the earliest tender you can to give you the most flexibility to your day. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name and a red, black and white zebra head logo and will be located on land before the buildings ashore.Ports
    • Bay of Islands
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A maximum of 4 people per booking (if there are 4 in your group then 3 will be friendly across the back seat)
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Vehicles can transport a collapsible wheelchair, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking
    • Access to some attractions may be limited for those with walking disabilities due to uneven surfaces
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved to reach all attractions
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • NZ COVID Level 1 Stay home if you are feeling unwell with full refund NZ COVID Level 2 Mask use while in our vehicles Contact tracing details required for all guests Stay home if you are feeling unwell, full refund if you need to cancel NZ COVID Levels 3 & 4 Not operating with full refund
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Rogue Pony Private Tours

Activity ID: V-62607P7

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