Northland and the Bay of Islands Travel Guide

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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."

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Northland and the Bay of Islands Hotels

Northland accommodations vary from basic motels to luxury lodges. Your hosts, particularly in the bed-and-breakfasts, share... read more

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Northland and the Bay of Islands Restaurants

Seafood abounds in the north with scallops and oysters farmed throughout the region, though occasional sewerage scares put... read more

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