Cruise Ship Tours

Mullarkey Tours.

Shore Based Day Tours & Excursions for Cruise Ship Passengers and visitors to Paihia/Russell and surrounding areas.

All tours depart from the Bay of Islands Yacht Club, Waitangi Wharf at 9.30am and return to either Waitangi Wharf or Paihia.

We only have a maximum of 10 passengers per tour.

Bay of Islands & Kerikeri Tour from Waitangi Wharf

Approximately 5 hours

Cost $149 per person.

 The Tour for Cruise Ship passengers  will take you to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, Opua Kauri Forest, Makana Chocolate Factory (Hand Made), the Kerikeri Mission Station home to New Zealand’s oldest building (Kemp House), a Kiwi Fruit Orchard, and the stunning Haruru Falls.

The Opua Kauri Forest is our first stop.  This is a 15,000 hectare forest which contains magnificent stands of Kauri and a rich ecological diversity and is how Northland looked 150 years ago.  Here you will enjoy a 30 minute guided tour.

Kawiti Glowworm Caves is our next stop. Here a member of the local Iwi (Maori Tribe) will act as your guide and will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms and tell you how the caves came to be found.

Then, a short drive to Kawakawa, location of the world famous “Hundertwasser Toilets” one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art, designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

You will also visit the recently opened Hundertwasser Cultural Centre. Opened in 2020, the centre offers an opportunity to enjoy the best of both Hundertwasser’s work and local Maori Arts & Crafts.

Before leaving Kawakawa, clients will enjoy a complimentary fresh cream donut, arguably the best in the Far North!!

Our next stop is the Makana Chocolate Factory to sample their hand made chocolates and time to visit the adjacent Kauri Workshop which has crafts and collectibles for sale. Here you will be able to get some lunch in the well-appointed coffee shop adjacent to the factory.

Our tour takes us to the Kerikeri Mission Station which was established in 1819. There are two significant buildings, “The Stone Store” built in 1832, originally used as a Missionary Society warehouse and the adjacent “Kemp House”, New Zealand’s oldest building completed in 1821/22 by missionary carpenters and Maori sawyers.

Departing Kerikeri we take in the splendour of the Haruru Falls, Haruru is Maori for “Big Noise”.

The last stop of the day is the Waitangi look-out Loop. This is a final chance to take the stunning views over Waitangi, Russell and the Bay of Islands, before your transportation back to the Wharf or Paihia.

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Kawiti Glow Worm Caves & Opua Kauri Forest Walk
Approximately 3 hours
Cost $125 per person (Includes all entry fees.)

This guided tour of the Kaiwiti Glow Worm Caves and Opua Kauri Forest is for Cruise Ship passengers. The tour leaves the Bay of Islands Yacht Club, Waitangi Wharf at 9.30 am. Transport is a 12 seat dual air conditioned minibus.

Our first destination is the Kawiti Glowworm Caves where a local Maori guide will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms and tell you how the caves came to be found.

Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk (with handrails) through a 200 metre limestone cave system. Once inside, you will see thousands of glow worms spread across the ceiling surrounded by breath taking stalactites and stalagmites.

 You’ll even get close enough to see the actual body of the glow worm and its stunning blue/green tail light, before you make the return bush walk through a natural corridor of karst rock formations and pristine rain forest.

Then, a short drive to Kawakawa, location of the world famous “Hundertwasser Toilets” one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art, designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

You will also visit the recently opened Hundertwasser Cultural Centre. Opened in 2020, the centre offers an opportunity to enjoy the best of both Hundertwasser’s work and local Maori Arts & Crafts.

Before leaving Kawakawa, clients will enjoy a complimentary fresh cream donut, arguably the best in the Far North!!

The final destination is the Opua Kauri forest. This is a short but delightful stroll (30 minutes), partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform and bench seat. Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 1,000 years in age.

Book Your Tour

Use our secure online booking site