Take some time out from your travel itinerary to relax and enjoy the peace of Hokianga Harbour. Relive the story of Opo the dolphin, catch the vehicle ferry across the harbour and learn to drage net on the wild ocean beach at Mitimiti, take a hike in the Raetea, Waima or Warawara forests, visit the historic Wairere Boulders, Clendon House and the Mangungu Mission or lose yourself in the maze at Labyrinth Woodworks.
BAY OF ISLANDS
The Bay of Islands has long been renowned for its beautiful islands and dramatic seascapes, yet it has a lot more to offer the visitor than just magnificent scenery. The region is rich in Maori and European history and you can visit New Zealand's oldest stone building and Te Waimate Mission Station, ride on a vintage railway, and see the Treaty House at Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi - New Zealand's founding document - was signed in 1840.
Home of majestic forests and the world's largest kauri tree, Tane Mahuta, the Kauri Coast is the place to see native Northland fauna in its natural habitat. For the adventurous, there are water activities galore on offer both in freshwater lakes and along the untamed stretches of wild west coast. New Zealand's longest driveable beach offers the chance to escape civilisation, visit Pouto lighthouse, and hunt for mussels and shellfish.
THE BEST OF THE BAY OF ISLANDS, KAURI COAST + HOKIANGA
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