Departing 12:30pm Monday – Saturday
Your authentic cultural experience starts with you being picked up from your local accommodation, or Paihia Wharf, if coming from Russell, in our comfortable, air-conditioned coach.
Your guide Stella who is of Maori descent, raised in the beautiful Bay of Islands, she is a passionate conservationist and a professional pest eradicator with the love and respect for Te Taiao (natural world), she will take you on a short drive to the beautiful Opua Forest, from here your cultural experience will begin with you being given a Rakau (walking stick) to guide you through the forest. The one hour guided tour is an easy walk through a native Kauri forest and includes what traditional Maori used in the natural world to live, heal, to cloth and nourish their growing families, you will also be given an insight into why we can no longer use the Taonga (gifts) of the forest to live the same way today.
Stella then will take you on a short drive to the unique horseshoe-shaped Haruru Waterfall where your guided kayaking tour will begin with Coastal Kayakers. Your guide will take you for an epic paddle from the base of the falls, down the historic Waitangi inlet and back to our Beach Base. Your guide will share with you the rich local history and Māori legends. They will also be taking photos of your experience on the tour, which will be available online in high resolution for you to download, at no extra cost.
After your tour, the Coastal Kayakers Team will return you to your accommodation.
Both tours combined takes approximately 4 hours
Includes: Complimentary local pick-up/drop-off service
Rates: Adult $148 & Child $108 5-15yrs
Departs daily: 10am Monday – Saturday – Bookings essential
Min Passengers: 4
Private guided tours available on request