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The Bay of Islands has a traditional history which holds that around 700 years ago, one of the large Maori canoes which journeyed to New Zealand from Hawiki, was sailed to the Bay Of Islands by Puhi, a founding father of the Ngapuhi Iwi (tribe).
The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769. The Bay of Islands was the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans. Whalers arrived towards the end of the 18th century, while the first missionaries settled in 1814. The settlement of Okiato was the first Capital of New Zealand.
Today the Bay of Islands is the big game fishing capital of New Zealand so have a go or just relax on the beach and watch the boats come and go.
Stroll along the magical waterfront of Russell and imagine the hurly burly pioneer days. Don’t miss the Mission House at Waimate North, the Stone House at Kerikeri or, of course, the fabulous grounds, setting and historical significance of the Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds.
Paihia B&B, Homestay
Prices from $135 to $235 per couple
Paihia 8.5km, Waitangi 9.5km. Ferry to Russell 9.5km. Kerikeri 14km. Cape 202km.
Welcome to our home set in 4acres of native bush & gardens on the Waitangi River. Feed our friendly alpacas and collect eggs from our free range hens. Meet our timid, gentle cat. All rooms have an ensuite, TV/DVDs, WiFi, tea/coffee/fridge, decks. Full breakfast. Evening meals available. Kiwi hosts.
Opua B&B, Homestay
Prices from $150 to $220 per couple
10 minutes drive from Paihia, 15 minutes from Waitangi.
On the coast between Paihia and Opua with views over the Bay towards Paihia, Waitangi and Russell. A special place, peaceful, romantic, restful. The perfect location to explore the Bay of Islands. Start the day with a full cooked breakfast and relax in the evening in the spa overlooking the bay.
Bay Of Islands Homestay Accommodation includes: