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Haruru Falls Tours

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Haruru Falls
While Haruru Falls may be small, at around 16.5 feet (5 meters) high, but they’re wide, spanning the width of the Waitangi River as it flows inland. One of several striking waterfalls in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, Haruru is a great spot to cool off during the hot Northland summers with some swimming or kayaking.
 
The Basics
Fed by the Waitangi River, Haruru Falls gives way to a lagoon that’s popular with local swimmers and picnickers. Adventurous travelers can hire a kayak downriver, near the Waitangi Bridge, and kayak down to the falls. The cascade has a surprising history as the site of the country’s first river port, and is a regular stop on sightseeing tours around the Bay of Islands.

On the other side of the Haruru Falls Road Bridge is a village of the same name. There are several restaurants, bars, and takeout options here, plus campgrounds, motels, and bed-and-breakfasts for those who want to stay a while.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Haruru Falls is a lovely stop for nature lovers and first-time visitors to Northland.
  • The falls are free to visit, with no park fees or other hidden costs.
  • Remember to bring your own sunscreen and insect repellent, as there are few shops nearby.
  • Although parts of the Haruru Falls track consist of boardwalk, the track is not accessible to wheelchair users.
 
How to Get There
Haruru Falls village is about a 10-minute drive from Paihia along Puketona Road (State Highway 11). From there, turn off at Haruru Falls Road; the ample parking lot is on the other side of the bridge.
 
When to Get There
The falls can be busy at the height of summer, but there’s really no bad time to visit. Try visiting in the early evening with some fish and chips from nearby Haruru Falls Takeaway—the waterfall’s banks are relatively flat and perfect for picnicking before or after a swim.

Walk to the Falls

If you’re staying in the Bay of Islands’ bigger towns such as Paihia or Waitangi, make a day of your visit to the falls by walking there from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to the east. This easy walk passes through the area’s scenic mangrove forests and sea bird habitats.
Address: 80 Haruru Falls Road, Waitangi 0204, New Zealand
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V8 Trike Tours 60 minute Bay of Islands Combo Tour - 2 Passengers

V8 Trike Tours 60 minute Bay of Islands Combo Tour - 2 Passengers

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Explore the Bay of Islands from the seat of a 350 Chev Trike for a fun-filled and memorable experience. You can choose from three different routes that include some of the area’s must-see sights, or combine them all for a longer trip. Your driver keeps you safe and gives you local insights into the Paihia area. This tour is wheelchair accessible, so anyone can join.
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  • 1 hour
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$175.91
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Full-Day Bay of Islands and Glow Worm Caves Small-Group Tour

Full-Day Bay of Islands and Glow Worm Caves Small-Group Tour

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When your ship docks in Waitangi Wharf, explore the beautiful Bay of Islands and see the best of New Zealand’s spectacular North Island. Travel through the Bay of Islands with your guide and take in top attractions including Kawakawa and the Kawiti glowworm caves. Explore the Puketi Forest’s rich ecological diversity, sample New Zealand sweet treats at the Makana Chocolate Factory, and gaze out over the Haruru Falls and the Waitangi River.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Chocolate, Glow Worm Caves, Kauri

Chocolate, Glow Worm Caves, Kauri

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This historic Kerikeri tour has been designed especially for cruise ship passengers in the Bay of Islands. Your local guide will take you to many beautiful and interesting sites on a convenient half-day tour, so even visitors with a short stay in the area will see a lot. All sites are easily accessible for travelers with limited mobility, and the tour minivan is air conditioned for your comfort.
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Waitangi River Traditional Maori Waka Tour and Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass

Waitangi River Traditional Maori Waka Tour and Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass

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Discover the beauty of the Waitangi River estuary and experience Maori traditions during a 3-hour cruise in a traditional canoe (waka) with a local Maori guide. Learn traditional paddling techniques in the calm waters of the estuary and make your way to Haruru Falls. Your guide shares informative commentary about Ngapuhi customs and history, and points out wildlife as you glide along. Disembark to visit a Ngapuhi meeting house and perhaps meet people from this Maori community. You'll also learn the moves of a 'haka' — an ancient Maori war dance.
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  • 3 hours
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V8 Trike Tours - Bay of Islands 30 minute Scenic Tour (x 2 Passengers)

V8 Trike Tours - Bay of Islands 30 minute Scenic Tour (x 2 Passengers)

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Awesome tour filled with gorgeous views, great photo opportunities and adrenaline packed thrills. A definite bucket list experience! Summer - bring a light sweater, sunglasses and camera Winter - bring a jacket and perhaps a beanie, sunglasses and camera All passengers including Cruise ship passengers to be outside I-Site (information centre) in Paihia 5 mins prior to departure time.
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  • 30 minutes
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Scenic Escape Private Tour

Scenic Escape Private Tour

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On this half-day private tour of the Bay of Islands you’ll get to travel in a luxury, late-model Jeep Wrangler, for a unique sightseeing experience. Receive personalized attention from your driver and guide, as this tour is just for you and your party. The itinerary is fully customizable, so you can go at your own pace and choose from local historic sites, waterfalls, rainforests, and more.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Russell and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Russell and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Experience the very best of the Bay of Islands on this shore excursion, including tours and exploration of Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. While your cruise ship is berthed in the Bay of Islands, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Paihia, the beautiful Haruru Falls, and Kerikeri with its historic Mission House and Stone Store. Following your sightseeing tour, your coach will board a vehicle ferry to Russell where you can explore New Zealand's oldest town on foot. You will then return to Paihia via passenger ferry and be transferred to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with time for lunch (own expense) and a fully guided tour of the grounds and Maori Cultural Performance. Finally you will be transferred back to your cruise ship tenders where your tour will conclude.
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  • 6 hours
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Bay of Islands Highlights Tour - With Glow Worm Caves

Bay of Islands Highlights Tour - With Glow Worm Caves

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Create lasting memories on this half-day tour of the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. This guided tour shows you an abundance of breathtaking picturesque views giving you plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. The area is often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”, due to the past events that took place there. These historical events led to the shaping of New Zealand. Your tour will include a Bakery/Café stop for you to grab a coffee or something to eat “on the go”.  This is the perfect trip for all ages, and a great way to see the local highlights without committing to a full day away.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Scenic Escape with Glow Worm Caves

Scenic Escape with Glow Worm Caves

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Explore the historic Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler or Toyota 4x4 with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group. On your private 5.5-hour guided tour you will see historic locations, spectacular waterfalls, panoramic scenery, subtropical rain forests, tiny glow worms in their natural habitat and rural farming areas away from the crowds. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Scenic Escape with Winery Lunch and Glow Worm Caves

Scenic Escape with Winery Lunch and Glow Worm Caves

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Go exploring on a private tour by Jeep Wrangler through the forests of the Bay of Islands. By heading inland, you'll have the chance to see the kauri trees native to this subtropical environment, as well as historical sites and farming regions away from the crowds. A winery lunch option is available for an additional cost.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Historic Northland Private Tour

Historic Northland Private Tour

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Get off the state highways and away from the tourist traps on this back-country tour of the Bay of Islands. Take a private jeep down gravel roads and through rolling countryside with a guide to point out rural highlights and landmarks. Learn about the history of the New Zealand Wars as you drive to the historic site of Ruapekapeka Pa; visit the quirky community of Kawakawa, home to the colorful Hundertwasser public toilets; and explore the Taikirau wetland and the ancient kauri forests in Opua Forest.
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  • 6 hours
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Scenic Escape with Winery Lunch

Scenic Escape with Winery Lunch

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To tourists, the Bay of Islands is best known for its beaches and cruises. On this full-day tour, you’ll be able to get out of the area’s tourist hotspots in a luxury Jeep and explore some of its hidden gems. Discover seaside Opua and vibrant Kawakawa, walk between the ancient kaura in Opua Forest, and get stunning photo-ops at Waitangi Valley and Haruru Falls.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Scenic Mustang Convertible Tour with Winery Lunch

Scenic Mustang Convertible Tour with Winery Lunch

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Tour the Bay of Islands in style with this private Mustang excursion. Visit some of the most spectacular natural and cultural spots around the bay while enjoy the open-air views from the late model Mustang Convertible. Customize the itinerary to suit your needs, and choose to extend the 4.5-hour tour with wine tastings and lunch at a vineyard if you like.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Bay of Islands Half-Day Private Tour

Bay of Islands Half-Day Private Tour

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The Bay of Islands encompasses 140 small, mostly undeveloped islands surrounding North Island. Explore a few highlights on this half-day tour with a local guide. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site of the first treaty between British settlers and the indigenous Maori people. You’ll also visit Haruru Falls, Kemp House, Rainbow Falls, Rewa‘s Village, the Stone Store, St. James’ Anglican Church, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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Pahia Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Pahia Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Bay of Islands Tour

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Enjoy a private half-day sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands region led by a knowledgeable guide. Personalize the itinerary with options including historical sites like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, The Stone Store and Kemp House in Kerikeri, and Russell — where Europeans first settled in New Zealand. See St Paul's Anglican Church in Paihia, learn about Maori culture at Rewa‘s Village, and admire natural attractions including marine wildlife, Haruru Falls and Rainbow Falls. Or check out wineries and gourmet shops with handmade treats, fine wine and fresh seafood.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Private Tour: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited destinations of New Zealand’s North Island, but it has the traffic to match. Escape the crowds on this private 6-hour tour and enjoy a personalized itinerary, taking in attractions such as Wharepuke Falls, Rewa’s Village, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and Rainbow Falls.
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  • 6 hours
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$227.21
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Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

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This full-day Bay of Islands tour has been especially designed for cruise ship passengers, so you can get the most out of your short time in the area. You can choose to see natural spots like waterfalls and glowworm caves, or sites of historical importance, like the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi. The choice is yours, as this is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island, and this private 6-hour tour from Paihia combines all its highlights with wine tasting in the Kerikeri wine region. Along the way, discover New Zealand’s colonial history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, marvel at natural wonders such as Haruru Falls and Wharepuke Falls, and immerse yourself in Maori culture at Rewa‘s Village.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.21
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$227.21
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Private Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

Private Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

This full-day Bay of Islands tour with wine tasting is designed for cruise ship passengers who want to make the most of a short stay in the area. You’ll travel with a private guide, so you have the freedom to adjust the itinerary, go at your own pace, and ask questions. Visit several must-see sights around the Bay and some of New Zealand’s best vineyards at Kerikeri, all on an easy day trip.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.21
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$227.21
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Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour

Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour

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Get to know the highlights of the Bay of Islands on this tour with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere. Stops include one of New Zealand's oldest pear trees, Haruru Waterfall, the Paihia waterfront, the Makana Chocolate shop, and the Stone Store at Kerikeri. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port makes for a seamless shore excursion.
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  • 4 hours
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Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves

Shore Excursion: Small Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves

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Spend your Waitangi port day exploring the Bay of Islands best attractions on this jam-packed shore excursion. From natural wonders like Haruru Falls and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves to cultural gems including the historic Te Waimate Mission House and famous Hundertwasser Toilets, make the most of your time on New Zealand's North Island while traveling with a guide and small group.
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  • 6 hours
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