Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky, more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. Here the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule and granting the native inhabitants equal status. Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries and New Zealand's early settlers.

The Bay of Islands has lured explorers for countless centuries. The Maori say that Kupe, the great Polynesian adventurer, came here in the 10th century. Captain Cook anchored offshore in 1769, followed by assorted brigands, traders, colonists and missionaries.

Note: Bay of Islands is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    It was here in 1840 that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. This historic site offers a commanding view of history and the Bay of Islands.

  • Kerikeri Mission Station Kerikeri Mission Station

    Also known as Kemp House, Mission Station is New Zealand's oldest kauri building, completed in 1822. Nearby sits the Stone Store, a former trading post and New Zealand's oldest stone building.

  • Bay Cruise Bay Cruise

    A cruise aboard a catamaran sets the stage for fun in the sun. Sail through the Hole in the Rock, a 210-foot hole carved by wind and waves.

  • Ancient Forest Ancient Forest

  • Glow-worm Caves Glow-worm Caves

    The family owned Kawiti Cave tours were first established in the 1950's by Te Tawai Kawiti, Great grandson of the famous Maori Chief, Kawiti. The limestone cave system is home to thousands of glow worms spread across the ceiling surrounded by breath taking stalactites and stalagmites.

  • Outdoor Adventures Outdoor Adventures

    Canoeing and kayaking amidst the beautiful water are just some of the incredible outdoor activities you can participate in the Bay of Islands.

  • Cultural Experience Cultural Experience

    Learn about the history, traditions and contemporary lives of the indigenous Maori people who inhabit the Bay of Islands. Experiences include Marae life and travelling by waka canoe which are brought to life by descendants of the original families.

  • Butler Point Whaling Museum Butler Point Whaling Museum


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