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Bay of Islands and Waipoua Forest
New Zealand.

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The Bay of Islands contains approximately 150 small islands and a number of sheltered inlets, making this an extremely attractive coastal area. The most popular bases for visitors to the Bay of Islands are Russell and Paihia. There is a regular 10 minute passenger boat service between Paihia and Russell. Plus a vehicle ferry from Opua, south of Paihia for those wishing to drive to Russell.


Russell is a quiet and picturesque settlement located across the water from Paihia. Russell has its own restaurants and a few shops, plus there are several historic sites around Russell, the Christ Church built 1836, New Zealand's oldest church. Pompallier House, museum to the Roman Catholic Mission built in 1842, and Flagstaff Hill. This peaceful village belies its torrid past when it was once the Nations Capital experiencing, with that, the social, political, religious and racial upheavals of the 1800s, that are depicted in a fascinating audio visual that can be seen in the local museum.


Paihia is a resort popular with both overseas visitors and as a holiday destination for the residents of Auckland. It is a well developed area with many hotels and motor inns, shops and restaurants. A number of scenic cruises and water based activities operate from both Russell and Paihia, these include swimming with dolphins, big game fishing, sea kayaking, a day on the bay sailing aboard an ocean racing sloop, and diving. Tours to other areas of Northland operate from here, including. an excellent Half Day fly/drive trip. This is a great way to view some of the remote features of Northland including Cape Reinga, 90 Mile Beach, Kauri Cliffs, Whangaroa Harbour and Doubtless Bay. 


Minutes from Paihia is Waitangi where the historic Treaty House is open to the public. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840 that marked the official start of a formal relationship between Maori and the British Crown. A number of issues related to this document remain controversial and many historical grievances remain unresolved. A review and settlement process known as the Waitangi Tribunal has been working towards addressing those claims that have been formally presented. The original copy of the Treaty is housed in a permanent display at the National Archives in Wellington.


28km northwest of Paihia .is Kerikeri, located at the head of the Kerikeri Inlet. The Stone Store and Mission House are historic points of interest, whilst the surrounding countryside features New Zealands premier citrus orchards.

Hokianga Harbour

The harbour is a sheltered waterway that is significant in the history of Maori settlement. It is now known for its scenic splendor and eco system that includes 300 metre high sand dunes. The third oldest European settlement in New Zealand is located at Rawene a six kilometer diversion from the highway.

Waipoua Forest

Waipoua Forest is New Zealand's largest sub-tropical rainforest that has been the subject of conservation efforts since the 1950s. This is home to the giant Kauri Trees of Northland, Visit Tane Mahuta, 'God of the forest', a Kauri that has an impressive 12m girth and believed to be around 1400 years old. Explore some of the scenic walkways that lead to other significant trees, some believed to be up to 3,000 years old.


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Ounuwhao Guesthouse
Ounuwhao is alongside a grassed reserve bordered by century-old Norfolk pines, opposite picturesque Matauwhi Bay - a favourite mooring-place for yachts. Ounuwhao is a short two-minute drive or a casual 10-minute stroll to Russell village.

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Kauri Cliffs Lodge
Luxury Lodge
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama which can be viewed from the verandas, lounge, card and dining rooms.

Bay of Islands
Paihia Beach Resort
Luxury Hotel
Located in a superb beach position overlooking the Bay of Islands, Paihia Beach Resort & Spa offers breathtaking sea views from every one of the 21 deluxe studios and suites.Surround yourself with luxury, plunge into the 20 metre heated salt water pool, relax in the sauna, soak up the sunshine while lounging on comfortable deckchairs beside the pool, or unwind on your private patio enjoying the panorama of the Bay of Islands.

Bay of Islands
Kauri Cliffs Lodge Owners Cottage
Luxury Lodge
A large (4,200 square foot) two-suite house is positioned with the main lounge and two bedrooms overlooking the ocean and golf course towards the Bay of Islands.The house has a private infinity swimming pool and hot tub and easy access to all lodge amenities.

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Carrington Resort Lodge Golf Course Vineyard and Farm
Boutique Hotel
Carrington Resort is a 3000 acre Northland estate with four spectacular kilometres of secluded white sand coastline, incorporating a Matt Dye designed tournament-standard 18 hole golf course, an acclaimed vineyard and winery, a working Black Angus beef stud farm, and 900 acres of restored wetlands on site.

Waipoua Kauri Forest
Waipoua Lodge
Deluxe B&B
Waipoua Lodge is nestled on a ridge overlooking the mighty Waipoua Forest, the gateway to two wonders of the natural world - New Zealands largest kauri forest sanctuary; home to 'Tane Mahuta', New Zealands largest kauri tree, and the crystal clear Kai Iwi Lakes. Few places in this world are so breathtaking and deserted - yet so accessible, less than three hours from Auckland.


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Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards/ 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland.

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Coastal Kayakers

You will experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and theres no better way to enjoy this sub-tropical paradise than by sea kayak.Explore the outer islands with lagoons, natural rock caves and quiet sandy beaches, or relax amongst the mangrove forest and challenge the Haruru Falls experience all this and more.

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Phantom Sailing Yacht Bay of Islands

Set sail in the Bay of Islands. The inviting waters and incredibly scenic coastline of the Bay of Islands makes 'taking to the water' almost irresistible! Dozens of small islands and secluded bays means that, to truly appreciate this watery wonderland, a boat is the ideal viewing platform.

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Carrington Golf Course

Carrington golf course is sited so as to provide a variety of vistas to the golfer. The course is located between sweeping ocean views to the north and east, and hill side vineyards of Karikari Estate to the south. The tournament standard 18 hole Carrington Golf Course was designed by American golf course designer Matt Dye.

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