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Bay of Islands

Welcoming visitors for hundreds of years

Northland is where ancient natural history intertwines with more modern settlers. Hokianga Harbour saw the first Polynesians landings. Russell was the early European capital. Cape Reinga, 90 Mile Beach and the beautiful islands all tell their own story.

The most northerly parts of New Zealand are a natural playground. The climate is sub-tropical and the sea is welcoming and warm. So you can immerse yourself in the possibilities; diving into a marine kaleidoscope, sailing and fishing, or even swimming with friendly dolphins.

You can also plunge into the history of New Zealand. Age-old Kauri trees bear witness to the passing of centuries of natural history, whilst Hokianga Harbour was where the first Polynesian settlers landed and created the Maori nation. Russell, as you can probably guess from the name, was founded by the early European settlers, and the Treaty of Waitangi was signed at Bay of Islands. So the region gives you a glimpse into the history of the two cultures, whilst local Maori guides will give you superb insight into the ancient Waipoua Kauri Forest.

But let your luxury, tailor-made holiday to New Zealand also take you up to Cape Reinga. There you’ll experience some truly beautiful coastal scenery, as well as sand boarding, swimming and walking along 90 Mile Beach. Quite a stroll if you wanted to see the whole beach! So charter a skippered, 60-foot yacht instead, and cruise the islands.

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