This morning make your own way to the airport for your flight to KeriKeri, gateway to the Far North. You will be met at the airport and taken by your guide to today’s hike in Puketi Forest, a sanctuary protected since 1951 for the giant Kauri tree. Here you walk through the heart of the Puketi Forest and experience one of New Zealand's native subtropical rainforests. The walk takes you through regenerating scrubland, hardwood beech forest, along the banks of a river, and stunning mature kauri stands.
Te Tangi o te Tui is Puketi's giant Kauri, the fourth largest in the country with a height of 50.9 meters and a diameter of 3.94 meters. Puketi Forest also has populations of endangered kokako, native short-tailed bats, giant kauri snails and kiwi; with a bit of luck you may hear or see them as well. Continue to your hotel in Paihia in the Bay of Islands.
In the afternoon, visit New Zealand’s birthplace, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where Maori chiefs and European representatives of the Crown signed New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty Grounds are steeped in history and open to much interpretation. A knowledgeable Maori guide will walk you through the site and share its history including a journey in traditional and contemporary story and song by the resident dance troop.