BAY OF ISLANDS : If you are arriving by Cruise Ship to the Bay of Islands  a tender boat will take you to the wharf & A free shuttle bus will pick you up  from the Waitangi Wharf and take you to the Paihia Village – just a few minutes away.
Look for the TOTAL TOURS footpath sign right near the shuttle bus stop. TOTAL TOURS van is white and air conditioned for your comfort.
For private or large group bookings . Pick up will be by prior arrangement
We offer scenic, glow worm cave, walks & wine tasting adventures. See below for more details;    or  contact us for a private tour.

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to find out which tours we are taking on the day or
ask about a private tour & include details about your group & interests.


1 hour NZ$30 per adult  $20 per child (5-15yrs)

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Meet your local tour guide near the shuttle bus drop off point.
Tour goes out regularly during the day.

Join TOTAL TOURS on a relaxed one hour Scenic Tour stopping for photos. Hear some of the local history and lifestyle stories. Be wowed at the view from the Waitangi Golf Club lookout, see your cruise ship and the beautiful islands of the Bay. Travel through native bush and farmland stopping at the unique horseshoe Haruru Waterfall, highlights of the Paihia Village which include the Historic Stone Church and pristine beaches.

Return to Paihia Village for shopping, exploring or to catch your shuttle bus.



2 Hours  (mimimum numbers apply)
NZ$60 per adult :  $40 per child 
Enquires :

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Join us for a 2 hour Scenic Forest Tour with photo stops. Hear some of the local history and lifestyle stories. Be wowed at the view from the Waitangi lookout seeing out to your cruise ship and the beautiful islands of the Bay.

Travel through native bush and farmland stopping at Haruru Waterfall. Enjoy highlights of the Paihia Village including the Historic Stone Church and beautiful beaches as we head out to see some of NZ’s spectacular native bush and on your 30min walk you will be wowed at the sight of NZ’s ancient Kauri Trees.
Kauri are among the world’s mightiest trees, growing to over 50 mtrs tall, with trunk girths up to 16 mtrs and living for over 2,000 years.



5 Hours     NZ$150  per adult (minimum numbers apply)
Included : wine & honey tasting 
Lunch at your own cost
Departure time to be confirmed
dependant on ships arrival
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Pick up point & time will be confirmed upon booking.

Heading to Kerikeri the citrus capital of NZ  passing by native bush,  forest plantations and beef, sheep & dairy farms.

A visit to the workshop of Romeyn  Woodcrafts a family business : showcasing housewares : boards, table mats, coasters, pens, puzzles etc made from native NZ timber:  including  Kauri   one of the world’s mightiest trees, growing to over 50mtrs tall, with trunk girths up to 16mtrs, and living for over 2,000 years.  

On to the Honey Shop: tasting  honey  including NZ’s famous manuka honey,  hear about our local bush area and conservation program or ask about a visit to a beehive.

Our next stop the Historic Stone Store Mission Station by the Kerikeri River,  Visit NZ’s oldest buildings : Kemp House and the Stone Store –  offering a range of 1800’s authentic goods  and a  quirky range of uniquely New Zealand souvenirs.  Embrace the beauty of this area & the birds that make it their home while hearing about the history of this area.

Marsden Estate Vineyard is our stop for wine tasting & lunch (at your own cost).   Known for the relaxed atmosphere of its courtyard dining space overlooking the lake and vines, with innovative cuisine that showcases the unique flavors of the region. 

After lunch we visit Makana Confections Chocolate factory – offering a sample of their hand-made quality confections using only natural ingredients.  See the chocolates being made through the glass wall.  Also offering Italian Gelato tastings at their cafe : maybe get one to go. 
Next door venture into the Kauri Workshop & Gifts.

We return via unique horseshoe Haruru Falls & the  Waitangi lookout – with spectacular views of your ship & the islands of the Bay.

Option to drop off at the tender wharf  or  Paihia Village should you wish to explore further on foot, before catching one of the shuttles back to the tender boat.



2  hours   
NZ$85 per adult
NZ$60 per child  5-15yrs    NZ$30  under 5yrs 
Includes :  Entrance Fee for guided tour at the Cave
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Departing from the  Paihia Township.  (time to be confirmed)  Take the shuttle from the tender wharf  & look for the green sidewalk sign 
You will enjoy a  scenic drive through native bush & farmland with commentary from our local driver.

Arriving at the Glow Worm Cave :  You will be welcomed by incredible rock formations and lush green rain-forest.
On your guided 30 minute tour through the cave with a family member you will see thousands of glow worms surrounded by breath taking stalactites and stalagmites and be amazed by one of New Zealand’s natural wonders.  Learn about the life cycle of the Glow Worm & hear the family stories & history.

Returning to Paihia passing by beautiful beaches & historic places leaving time to explore some more or catch your shuttle to the tender wharf.