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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 $60 to $150
Paihia (5km from the centre)
We believe the best way to discover the natural beauty of New Zealand is on Horseback. Let us show you our beautiful taonga, and share our love of nature and the conservation of our native species.
We are committed to providing the best quality ride experience for all the family, from beginners through to advanced riders, with our team of well trained horses you can feel safe in our hands.
Only 5km from Paihia in the Bay of Islands, Northland, Horse Trek`n is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand.
Centrally located between Kerikeri,
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?