Bay of Islands Cruises
The Bay of Islands is located at the top of the North Island of New Zealand and is one of the most popular tourist areas in the country.
It’s one that is well visited by the major cruise lines, who dock in the natural harbour before guests are taken ashore by tender to either Paihia or Russell.
Once you reach land, you might decide to simply spend your time enjoying the various beaches that are to be found within the area or could try your hand at a range of water-based activities in the bay itself – including canoeing and kayaking.
You might also take a trip to visit the famous Hole in the Rock, which has been carved into the side of Piercy Island across thousands of years. Depending on the size of your vessel and the weather conditions, you might even be able to travel through the hole.
The Kawiti Caves are another natural site that you might want to consider visiting, with the opportunity to head underground to marvel at the astonishing sight of thousands of glow-worms that light up the caves around them.
If visiting the Bay of Islands, then a trip to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must so you can discover more about the history of the country.
It was here that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown during the 1840s, establishing British governance in the country.
Add in a trip to the Kerikeri Mission Station and you’ll be able to explore one of the oldest Kauri buildings in all of New Zealand, dating back to the early 1820s. The historic Stone Store trading post is also nearby.
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