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Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks

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    What to Expect
    Join your knowledgeable local guide in the Bay of Islands town of Okaihau to embark on a small-group hike through the Puketi Rainforest. Walk along a boardwalk under New Zealand’s towering kauris, the world’s second largest tree—only found on the North Island. You’ll also tramp up and down some steep sections on a moderately strenuous trek suitable for fit hikers. 

    Start your guided walk along well-marked paths and gain fascinating insight into New Zealand's native flora and fauna in this protected subtropical forest preserve. Keep an eye out for rare birds such as the reintroduced kokako, and learn about some of the 370 recorded plant species.

    Trek beside the Puketi River and cascading waterfalls in full flow as your guide shares Maori legends and stories from European colonial history. Stop to admire two of New Zealand’s largest kauris and enjoy views of valleys filled with ancient trees whose ancestors date back to the Jurassic period. You’ll learn about forest ecology and see conservation at work.

    If you’ve selected a 3-hour hike, enjoy morning or afternoon tea; if you’ve opted for the 6-hour hike, you’ll also stop for a provided lunch. 

    If you've selected the nighttime hike, use your provided headlamp to watch the forest come alive after dark, and listen for post-dusk bird calls. Watch bats flying overhead and feeding on insects, and keep a lookout for New Zealand's emblematic bird—the rare, nocturnal kiwi.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    476 Puketi Rd, Okaihau 0475, New Zealand
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Bottled water
    • Morning and /or afternoon tea (If day tour options selected)
    • Lunch(If full day tour option selected)
    • Professional guide
    • Head lamp for night walk
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • A maximum of 6 people per booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking (Full day tour if option selected)
    • Medium fitness level required on half day walk, higher level of fitness required on full day walk.
    • Please bring good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and day pack.
    • NIGHT WALK - Depart times vary, please confirm at time of booking.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Ian and Barbara were very accommodating and arranged a night walk in the forest for us despite we were the only ones wishing to go that evening. Ian was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and very patient with our many questions. What was billed as a 2/12 hour walk turned into 4
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    Response from candy53, Owner at Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thank you for the review.The forest at night is very special.
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    We did a half day forest walk. Starting at 2.30pm it finished at 6.00pm and was absolutely fascinating. it was just my wife and I. Our guide was Helen who knew the Puketi forest in detail and showed us the trees, fauna and flora. It was an excellent afternoon. Helen made
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    Response from KAURITREE, Owner at Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
    Responded 5 Mar 2019
    Thank you so much for you review
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    It was very enjoyable start to finish; Ian our pickup at the port was waiting on us and were we in for a treat! Ian was very knowledgeable of the ecosystem in every way plants, trees, birds, animals. Our shoes were wiped before entering the rain forest to prevent any damage to
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    Response from KAURITREE, Owner at Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
    Responded 9 Mar 2019
    Thanks for the review. Forests are the Guardians of the Earth.
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    Our guide was phenomenally knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed sharing not just her knowledge but also her love of the flora and fauna in the forest. We thought we would be disappointed at only hearing Kiwis rather than seeing them, but actually that brought home to us how rare
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    Response from KAURITREE, Owner at Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
    Responded 9 Mar 2019
    Thanks for the review. Most of New Zealands insects are nocturnal.
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    Helen was very knowledgeable regarding the forest and especially the kauri trees. She was a patient and enthusiastic guide. We were able to walk at a reasonable pace and see and hear the forest come alive as night fell.
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    Response from candy53, Owner at Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
    Responded 1 Feb 2019
    Thank for the review. Our guides have a passion for the forest.
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