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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.
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Prices from $99 to $245 per couple
First Motel as you enter Russell on Matauwhi rd.
Motel Russell is an affordable place to stay while exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands area. Come and see why people keep coming back again and again. Stay in Russell without paying Russell Prices.
Phone: 09 403 7854
Freephone: 0800 787 355
Address: 16 Matauwhi Road Russell Bay of Islands
Prices from $110 to $180 per couple
Bay Of Islands 3 hrs North of Auckland
Kauri Park is your ideal accommodation base for exploring Kerikeri, the Bay of Islands and the Far North of New Zealand. We can assist you with booking adventure tours, finding local attractions and activities and restaurants to suit your taste.
Phone: 09 4077629
Mobile (and SMS): 021765608
Address: 512 Kerikeri Road