Historic Marsden Cross Monument Tour

This tour is designed for cruise ship passengers.
Please ask us for a quote for a private tour or group booking
.

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.

Cost   $120 NZ per person    $100 NZ per child (0 – 10yrs)    Duration 5 hours   Time  9.30am - 2.30pm

The minimum number for this tour is two passengers. Small group tours are our specialty, usually
up to six passengers.

Cruise ships arriving at The Bay of Islands will tender to Waitangi Wharf.  It is necessary to
be on a tender at least 40 minutes prior to your tour departure to ensure you are not late.

To board your tour, please disembark your ship’s tender and make your way through
the covered gangway.  Your tour will depart from the bus parking area on the road
leading to the wharf, where all tours and shuttle buses depart from. 
Our guide will display
your name on a welcome board.