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Driving Tours and Excursions
Northland was the site of the first Maori and European settlements in New Zealand and consequently has an exceptionally rich history. It is perfect for a scenic, historic and cultural driving excursion. Highlights include the town of Kerikeri where the first Christian Mission settlement in New Zealand was established in 1819.
Often described as the “Cradle of the Nation,” Kerikeri is home to the Mission House, the oldest wooden building in New Zealand, and the Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest stone building. You can also walk to the stunning Rainbow Falls through a serene track of native bush or take a guided tour of the Puketi Forest and its ancient kauri trees.
Another important site is the Waitangi Treaty Ground where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori leaders and Queen Victoria in 1840. The Treaty Grounds are also an ideal place to see a Maori cultural performance.
Finally, the quaint whaling town of Russell, New Zealand’s first capital, can be reached by a short ferry ride from Paihia. Historic buildings in Russell include Christ Church, which still bears bullet holes from the Maori Wars. You can also enjoy the many galleries and craft shops. Be sure to take time to relax for lunch at a Northland winery or enjoy fresh local fare at one of the region’s cafés.
Puketi Forest Guided Walks
Puketi boasts some of the most spectacular forest scenery that Northland has to offer. On
a guided walk you will enjoy stories, history, culture and enjoy the native flora and fauna this
forest offers. We can offer Night Forest Walk, Half Day Forest Walk & Full day Kauri Forest Walk