Northland and the Bay of Islands Travel Guide
Plan Your Northland and the Bay of Islands Vacation
The Bay of Islands was a large Māori settlement when Captain James Cook first anchored off Roberton Island in 1769. He noted that "the inhabitants in this bay are far more numerous than in any other part of the country that we had visited." When the English started a convict settlement in Australia a couple of decades later, many boats stayed in the South Pacific to go whaling and sealing, and the Bay of Islands became a port of call. Consequently, many of the early European arrivals were sailors and whalers, stopping to blow off steam, have a few drinks, and trade with the local Māori. A missionary, Henry Williams, wrote in 1828 that a whaling captain had told him, "all the Europeans were in a state of intoxication, except himself and two others."
Northland accommodations vary from basic motels to luxury lodges. Your hosts, particularly in the bed-and-breakfasts, share... read more
Seafood abounds in the north with scallops and oysters farmed throughout the region, though occasional sewerage scares put... read more
Things To Do in Northland and the Bay of Islands
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Boating and Fishing: Take a cruise to an island, whale-watch, swim with dolphins, or fish with the Bay of Islands as the hub.... Read more
No matter where you are in New Zealand, within two hours you can be at a beach from the long white-sand beaches on the East to the... Read more
The remnant of the once-giant Kauri Forest that covered much of Northland includes New Zealand's biggest kauri, called Tane Mahuta. Get... Read more
The controversial cornerstone of New Zealand's Māori and Pākehā relations is the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, the first formal document... Read more
Jacques Cousteau once placed the Poor Knights Islands among the world's top 10 dive locations. Underwater archways, tunnels, caves, and... Read more
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