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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 $130 to $250 per couple
5 minutes drive from Paihia and 15 Min from Kerikeri Airport
Miniature waterfalls with the sound of gently tumbling waters from the Waitangi River await your discovery in private, tranquil & peaceful surroundings. The Lodge is set in two acres of gently sloping pasture land. All this is only 5 minutes from Paihia water front & all major cruise operators.
Prices from $145 to $290 per couple
Heart of the Bay of Islands, Northland,
Sleep in the curl of Cupid's bow! Moon Gate Villa offers stylish and unique accommodation surrounded by secluded gardens, waterfalls and reflective pools. Well-appointed suites offer luxury linens, WIFI, in-house movies and garden access to the heated pool.
Prices from $275 to $395 per couple
400 Metres from the Russell Waterfront.
Each room has a stunning view over the village of Russell and the bay. Short stroll to the village and wharf. Spacious luxury en suite rooms with air conditioning fully equipped kitchenette, private patio, private entrance. Off street parking and free WiFi. B & B or self catering.
Prices from $200 to $350 per couple
MATAUWHI BAY,RUSSELL. Bay-of-Islands, Northland. N.Z.
•WATERFRONT- A "Stones Throw " from the waters edge in Matauwhi Bay •HISTORIC House-Fully restored ( 1883-1904) •FREE Wi-Fi Breakfast- All HOME-MADE: organic and home- grown •FLAT 10-15 min walk to RUSSELL village and Restaurants •Four Superior Queen Rooms and a Self-Contained Cottage
Prices from $215 to $330 per couple
3 hrs from Auckland CBD. 1 hr from Kerikeri airport. Paihia 15 mins by ferry.
• Unique in the Bay of Islands • Historic, character filled house • Boutique B&B • Glorious water views • Delicious, healthy home-made breakfasts • Free internet & wi-fi • Short stroll to Russell village centre & wharf • Leave your car, walk everywhere • Excellent reviews on Trip A
Prices from $220 to $320 per couple
Auckland 3 1/2 hours, Kerikeri Airport 1 Hour, Ferry 9 kms
•Historic 100 year villa and guest cottage 2 minutes walk from village, restaurants and beach yet totally private and secluded •Fabulous sea views across the Bay from your suite or verandah •Delicious continental breakfasts local produce •Free Wifi Internet •Optional day sailing available
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