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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.
Prices from $120 to $240
Paihia (5km from the centre)
Fabulous horse trekking in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. From the volcano to the sea, you`ll ride through the forest while enjoying beautiful farmland and ocean views.
Novice riders will be briefed and schooled on riding techniques before embarking on a quiet leisurely horse ride through the forest enjoying beautiful scenery, forestry and ocean views along the way.
Experienced riders may want to embark on a full day ride to the volcano first and then to the ocean for a swim with the horses at Wiroa Bay (conditions permitting), followed by a picnic lunch.
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Address: 46 Tui Glen Road - Haruru
Are you looking for Bay Of Islands accommodation?
Check out the Bay Of Islands accommodation page of the New Zealand B&B guide, which includes bed and breakfast's, farmstays, homestays, vineyard stays and self-catering accommodation. Or perhaps you would prefer luxury accommodation in bay of islands?