One of the longest stretches of beach in New Zealand, 90 Mile Beach may not be exactly 90 miles long – but it’s not short on natural beauty or exciting things to do.
The Bay of Islands is about to reach peak cruise ship season.
We’re sitting in the front row of the whare runanga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The Treaty itself was signed just outside. A small concert group puts on a daily half-hour show celebrating Maori culture, music and history.
On the way out to Moturua Island, our guide pointed out a spectacular mansion on the sprawling hillsides of Russell.
We had the pleasure this summer holidays of spending five glorious days exploring a new spot for us in New Zealand – the Bay of Islands, and I have to say it was spectacular.
This post was originally published by Lindy Laird in nzherald.co.nz, 25th September 2016. With a panorama of islands, sea and sky laid out in front of me, I admire the view from high above Rawhiti and Oke Bay. From here I can see the Cavalli Islands to the north; faint sounds rise from the boats painting […]
As New Zealanders, we are awkward enough about our own history, let alone explaining the complexity of it to foreigners. With overseas tourists flooding into Paihia and the incomparably beautiful Bay of Islands, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds may well be the perfect place to start that conversation.