BAY OF ISLANDS:  Paihia & Waitangi – the birth place of NZ.

Visiting by Cruise Ship car, plane, bus or bike to the Bay of Islands we welcome you to join us.
TOTAL TOURS (family business) will take you on an adventure around one of NZ’s wonderful places. 
We offer historic, scenic, bush walking, glow worm cave, food & wine tasting tours.  Small Group, Private & Custom Tours
Contact us via Email:  info@totaltours.co.nz  or Ph: +64 021 0355817 to find out which tours are going out or to book your custom tour. Include details about your group & interests.
Let your adventure begin right here with TOTAL TOURS.


1 hour NZ$45 per adult  $25 per child (5-15yrs)
  • Hear some of the local history and lifestyle stories.
  • Be wowed at the view from the Waitangi  Lookout, seeing the beautiful islands of the Bay & your ship.
  • Travel through native bush and farmland stopping at Haruru Falls – looking from the top and the bottom across the river
  • Highlights of Paihia Township including the Historic Stone Church and pristine beaches.
  • Return to Paihia Village for shopping & exploring.


5.5 hours  NZ$220pp (minimum numbers apply)
Included : wine & honey tasting 
Lunch at your own cost
  • Depart from the Waitangi Tender Wharf- time dependent on ships arrival
  • Small group with local guide and commentary. Relaxed & fun!
  • Head towards Kerikeri the citrus capital of NZ passing by beaches, native bush, forest plantations and beef, sheep & dairy farms.
  • Visit Makana Confections Chocolate Factory who offer samples from their handmade selection. See the chocolates being made through their glass kitchen window.
  • Venture into the Kauri Workshop & Gifts showcasing native timber housewares and an array of NZ souvenirs. Chat to the wood turner.
  • We discover NZ’s biggest beehive at BOI Honey. Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and taste local honey.
  • Head through Kerikeri township down to the river, we stop at the Historic Stone Store Mission Station. Visit NZ’s oldest stone building erected in 1832, as a ships trading post, later converted to a library; then a barracks & Kauri Gum trading post & in 1863 a school for boys. Returned now to a trading post & museum. Embrace the beauty of this area & the birds that make it their home.
  • Our next stop is Fat Pig Vineyard, a family business offering wine tasting from grapes grown on their property & an array of homemade produce & crafts. 
  • We stop for lunch (your cost) at Marsden Estate growing grapes for over 20 yrs. Taste award winning, whites & reds & a menu sourced from local ingredients.  Enjoy lunch overlooking their lake and vines. 
  • Our stop at Haruru Falls &  Waitangi lookout – will bring spectacular views looking across the Bay & towards your ship. Option to drop off at Tender Wharf or  Paihia Village should you wish to explore further on foot


2  hours   
NZ$150 adult
NZ$85  child  5-15yrs,  NZ$30 under 5yrs 
Includes: Entrance Fee for guided tour at the Cave 
  • Cruise Ship Visitors: Take the shuttle from the tender wharf to Paihia Village & look for the green sidewalk sign TOTAL TOURS
  • Sit back & enjoy a scenic drive through native bush & farmland with commentary from your local driver.
  • Arrive at the Glow Worm Cave:  A private property surrounded by incredible rock formations and  lush green rain-forest.
  • We are greeted by a Kawiti family member who will take you on a guided tour through the cave, you’ll be wowed by 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.
  • We return to Paihia Village for more exploring.

Live Laugh Love wine and beer! Visit local vineyards and craft beer makers

Explore Kawiti Glow worm Caves, Hundertwasser Toilets, Vintage Railway

A 1-hour adventure to make the most of your day in the Bay. Friendly, fun and informative

Enjoy local tastings, great scenery, art & crafts, & the Stone Store

Visit attractions to suit you in Mangonui & Doubtless Bay

Visit the Hokianga: Opononi, Omapere, Rawene or Waipoua

“Great wine tour with an awesome guide”

Allan was an awesome tour guide – very knowledgeable and informative. We took a wine tour (with lunch) from Paihia – the wineries were well considered, we had plenty of time at each location to enjoy the offerings and Allan was with us throughout to assist as needed. A great experience, a great tour and a great guide. Highly recommended.

“Amazing, must do!”

Absolutely wonderful time with my family today. Alan was amazing and was helpful and accommodating!! Would definitely recommend. Also dealing with Annette on the phone was great so I think whoever you get would be an awesome time!

“Absolutely Fantastic”

We did the 1 hour scenic tour which was fantastic. Saw the waterfall which was amazing.
Flexibility with booking times made for a memorable day. Thx so much

“Amazing Experience!”

My friend & I had an amazing wine tasting experience with Annette! She is so knowledgeable & has answers to any of your tipsy questions.We tried a wide range of different wines, some I have never tasted before as they are only made in the beautiful Northland region. Thanks to our guide Annette, who turned a kind of miserable rainy day into an amazing experience!!!!

“One of our most special tours”

Just wanted to let you know how wonderful our tour of Bay of Islands was with Vida.
  She was wonderful, charming, knowledgeable and friendly. We appreciated all her factual knowledge about the islands. The winery lunch was fantastic and will be remembered as one of our most special tours while on the cruise.

“What a fabulous day with Total Tours”

Great, thanks!  What a fabulous day with Total Tours. We were picked up at our Motel by Annette our host for the day what a lovely bubbly person. We headed to the Mahoe Cheese factory for a tasting of their famous cheeses ended up purchasing some tasty cheeses yum

“Great Half Day Tour”

We loved the variety offered in this tour. Vineyards, arts & crafts, historical Stone Cottage and chocolate/gelato. I liked that Annette added in a couple of extra stops and was very laid back about how long we spent at each one. We were very happy with our tour.