Local Connections: Papatuanuku Earth Mother with Wahine Guide

BI1-985 | Bay of Islands, New Zealand | See Special Notes

Min. age (years): 5 | Medical restriction (See special notes)

from $119.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Ancient Forest Ancient Forest
  • Outdoor Adventures Outdoor Adventures

You will see:


Excursion Length:
Approx. 3.5 hours

Tour Overview

Papatûânuku Earth Mother Tours
Experience a exclusive Mâori cultural guided tour through a stunning native kauri forest. Learn how the Maori people traditionally used the plants, trees, and the wildlife to nourish, protect, heal and support their growing families. This tour was designed and inspired by nature for the arrival of guests from all over the world. This exclusive Eco-tour was created by owner and passionate conservationist Stella Kake-Schmid, a local maori wahine' (woman). Stella will meet you at the pier and take you on a journey back in time as she shares with you her knowledge of this beautiful area, the stories and legends handed down to her by her ancestors. She will show you how, her and her community are working hard to save and protect the Forest and wildlife of there home town.. As you make your way down through the forest you will be in ore of the magnificent 900 year old kauri tree and learn about its struggle to survive throughout the generations of time.

Haruru Falls
Tucked away in a hidden valley on the peaceful Waitangi River, is the first river port of New Zealand known by Maori as an aromoana or ocean path, a pathway used by inland mâori tribes and also by early settlers as a means to move the ancient kauri trees from the forest out to sea for export.

Ruarangi (Waitangi Lookout)
On top of a landmass once formed by the youngest volcano in northland a magical view out to your ship with the majestic back drop of the Bay of Islands, Ruarangi said to be the place where the two skies meet.

Viewing Platform overlooking the Ancient 900 year old kauri tree
Photos on rocks of Haruru Falls
Breath Taking Views from Ruarangi ( Waitangi Lookout)

From the pier, you'll follow a scenic route past beautiful sea views and lush green forest. You will see native and endemic birds and wildlife and ancient trees that once grew up to 7 metres diameter at a height of up to 65 metres.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


Minimum age: 5
This tour is not suitable for persons with limited mobility or serious medical conditions.
Forest Walk is a total of 750 metres in length with areas of uneven and moderately steep surfaces, and may not be suitable for those with severe heart, hip, back & knee conditions

Medical Restriction:

This tour is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility or serious medical conditions.
Forest Walking tour not suitable for those with hip, heart, knee, back conditions.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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