Spend your day in the Bay of Islands appreciating the stunning scenery and cultural heritage on offer. Enjoy a rural trek; see the Marsden Cross Monument, and, time permitting, visit the Kerikeri Township with its early history and shopping treats.
Your small coach tour will take you from the wharf to the Purerua Peninsula where you will leave your vehicle behind and head out on a leisurely walk to soak in a historic landmark. We will walk to Oihi Bay where a stone cross on a remote national reserve marks the spot where on Christmas Day 1814, at the invitation of local chief Ruatara, the Reverend Samuel Marsden conducted the first Christian service on New Zealand soil for a Maori and European congregation. Take a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the beach.
The pleasant 40 minute (5 km) return walk is adorned with spectacular Bay of Island’s scenery and coastal views and of the area. Learn how the area marks the site of New Zealand's first permanent European settlement, first school, first European birth, first mixed farm, first European cemetery, first horse and cow, first land sale, first baptism and the birth of Te Reo in its written form.
Before returning to the wharf, time permitting, you may visit the Stone Store Basin area and relive Kerikeri's past in the Stone Store. Call in to say Mmmm at the Makana Chocolate Factory, and see how they make delicious chocolates, taste a few samples, and of course, shop for gifts and indulgences. Close by is the Kauri Workshop where you will see a wide range of handcrafted wood, made entirely from New Zealand native timbers.