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Bay of Islands

Romance and History on New Zealand's North Island

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In just about three hours of driving north from Auckland, you'll find yourself in one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations. This is the Bay of Islands, a necklace of coastal townships nearly encircling a bay with close to 150 islands, many virtually untouched by civilisation. Not only is it a romantic and idyllic holiday setting but the Bay of Islands is, in fact, the cradle of New Zealand nationhood with historic Waitangi within its precincts.
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An idyllic settingOn the BeachJump-off point for Bay of Island cruisesPaihiaWaitangi by the sea in the Bay of IslandsThe View at WaitangiWorld's largest war canoeWaka
Across the blue of the baySailing the BayDrop anchor where you will, and explore...Cruise and ExploreCavorting in the waters of the Bay of IslandsDolphins at PlayLike the eye of a needle through which cruise ships passHole in the Rock
The rush of water to the seaHaruru FallsTake a walk through historyRussellNew Zealand's oldest surviving houseWaimate Mission HouseWatching the sun go downUrupukapuka
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