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Shore Excursion With Glow Worm Caves


Designed specifically for cruise ship passengers! Enjoy a guided Bay Of Islands small group tour. The  Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. With an abundance of breathtaking, picturesque views, there are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. Create lasting memories with a Bay Of Islands Cruise Shore Tour.

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Cruise Ship Shore Excursion With Glow Worm Caves

Enjoy a guided Bay Of Islands small group Cruise Ship Shore Excursion including the Glow Worm Caves.

This fantastic tour is designed specifically for Cruise Ship passengers wanting a small group shore excursion with a locally owned and operated company visiting the famous Glow Worm Caves.

Join us on a small group Cruise Ship Shore excursion as we visit the famous Kawiti Glow Worm Caves and many more amazing highlights!

The  Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. With an abundance of breathtaking, picturesque views, there are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. Create lasting memories with a Bay Of Islands Cruise Shore Tour, the most popular tour for cruise ship passengers!
We are one of only a few locally owned and operated companies offering local guides in small group tours who share with you the fascinating history of our beautiful region! If you are looking for a comprehensive, professional and small group shore excursion in the Bay Of Islands while here off your cruise ship, this tour covers it all!

Your local guide will pick you up at the Waitangi Wharf (Where your tender boats drop you)

Our tour destinations include:

  • Kawiti Glow Worm Caves.
  • Hundertwasser Toilets.
  • Puketi Kauri Forest (Self-Guided)
  • Kauri Workshop.
  • Makana Chocolate Factory.
  • Haruru Falls.
  • Waitangi look out loop.

The area is often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”, due to the past events that took place there. These historical events led to the shaping of our nation.

The tour will include a Bakery/Café stop, for you to grab a coffee or something to eat during this tour.

What to expect:
At 9.15am you will be met by your tour guide at the Waitangi Wharf before you depart on your half-day tour. Your first stop is the Kawiti glow worm caves which is about a 30-minute drive from the Waitangi Wharf. You will be able to enjoy a magical glowworm experience. You will then move on to Kawakawa. This is a small town which is also known as “train town”.

At 11:45am you will be at the Puketi Forest. This is a 15,000 hectare forest which contains magnificent stands of Kauri and a rich ecological diversity. Enjoy a self guided walk through the stunning native forest and observe the large native trees.

At approximately 12.30pm we will stop for a lunch break at a lovely cafe/bakery. There is a large variety to choose from.

The next stop is the Makana Chocolate Factory in Kerikeri. This is a boutique chocolate factory where you can watch the making of chocolates, taste a few samples and of course shop for some delicious treats. You will also be able to visit the Kauri Workshop next door which has crafts and collectables for sale. You will then visit the famous horse shoe waterfalls, Haruru Falls. These falls are located in a hidden valley on the beautiful and peaceful Waitangi River. The last stop of the day is the Waitangi look-out Loop. This is a final chance to take in the stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands, before your transportation back to the wharf or Paihia if you would prefer to have a look around.

A 100% full refund will be issued if the ship can not make it into port.

Complimentary bottled water is provided on the day.

We guarantee to get you back to the ship on time! 

We can accommodate larger groups on request. For any large group bookings or questions about this tour please email us at

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DEPARTURE TIME: Standard departure time is 9.30am. Please aim to be on shore by 9.15 for check in. Should your ship have a later arrival time, please contact us for updated departure times.

RETURN TIME: Approximately 3pm. (We guarantee to get you back to the ship on time)

WEAR: Comfortable clothing  and footwear, don’t forget a sun hat and sunscreen!

CANCELLATION POLICY: If the ship can’t make it into port due to bad weather, we offer a full refund on all tours booked. 


Professional Tour Guide All Entry Fees
Commentary (where applicable) Transportation in new modern mini-coach & complimentary bottled water





Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews

This was the highlight of our whole cruise! Chloe and Matt are fantastic guides and everything went smoothly. Fantastic value for money almost half what the cruise ships charge and a luxury vehicle! Glow worms were amazing!Great for a group or for a couple. Definitely book this tour if you want a great day out.


An absolute pleasure to meet Matt and have him show us the highlights of the area. His passion for the area and the business he runs with his wife really shows. A small group tour with enough time to enjoy each stop. Price of glow worm cave has changed to $30 but the price was honoured by the lovely folk there. Glow worm tour included a cultural show, this was in progress when our tour began so unfortunately we missed the end but it was a lovely surprise to see it. Honestly cannot praise this company enough, they made sure our final stop in New Zealand was an absolute highlight.


Thanks Chloe for booking us in at the last minute. Amba your commentary during the bus tour was outstandinf so informative, you gave us time to view each place and we were not rushed. Loved the glow worm caves and guide was excellent. Overall the three of us had a thoroughly enjoyable day and came away with a good understanding of the local history of the area. Highly recommend. Amba and Chloe were aware of our cruise ship timetable and we were confident we would be back on board ship on time. Much better value booking directly with company, thanks again.

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