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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 $180 to $350 per couple
Paihia 8.5km, Waitangi 9.5km. Ferry to Russell 9.5km. Kerikeri 14km. Cape 202km.
Welcome to our quality B&B and Self Contained Unit set in 4acres of native bush & gardens on the Waitangi River. Just outside Paihia township on the way to Kerikeri. Alpacas, chickens, and a timid cat. Rooms have a private deck, ensuite, TV/DVDs, WiFi, m/wave, fridge, tea/coffee. SC unit has a BBQ.
Phone: 09 402 5577
Mobile (and SMS): 021 986 687
Address: 846 Puketona Rd (Black Bridge Rd) Paihia, Bay of Islands, NZ
Kerikeri B&B, Homestay, Farmstay
Prices from $159 to $325 per couple
Kerikeri & Airport 10 mins drive, Paihia & Waitangi 25 mins, Auckland 3.5 hrs.
Luxury Bed & Breakfast/Boutique Lodge Accommodation in the Bay of Islands. Set in 2 hectares of idyllic gardens, close to vibrant Kerikeri, we are your ideal Northland holiday destination. Pamper yourself with 5 star elegance in our two suites with private facilities - relax and enjoy!
Phone: 9 887 4234
Mobile (and SMS): 027 554 9999
Address: 122 Koropewa Road, Waipapa