Holiday itinerary: Take in the culture - Bay Of Islands

Holiday itinerary: Take in the culture

Indulge in culture

The Bay of Islands has some of New Zealand’s earliest historic sites. The first capital city of New Zealand was Russell, also known at one point as the Hellhole of the Pacific! There are plenty of stories to learn, including the history of New Zealand as we now know it. You’ll be fascinated and charmed by the people and tales alike.

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Day One

Activities

Take the five minute drive from Paihia to the historic Treaty of Waitangi grounds and immerse yourself in the story of New Zealand. Wander the tranquil grounds, take in the expansive views of the Bay and enjoy an informative 50 minute tour with a Treaty of Waitangi guide.

Be sure to check out the new Museum of Waitangi. It is a modern and comprehensive showcase of the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in the past, present and future of New Zealand.

Buy an all-inclusive Day Pass or visit in the evening for the Hangi and Concert, a themed, intimate experience not to be missed.

Accommodation

Stay at the lovely The Duke of Marlborough

Hotel in Russell. Embrace the history and charm of New Zealand’s first licensed hotel. Located on the waterfront in the heart of the town, The Duke is a truly majestic destination for an unforgettable holiday experience.

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Day Two

Activities

For a bit of culture with a twist, try a day cruise from Russell on the Tall Ship R. Tucker Thompson. Built in the 1970s utilising modern materials, the ship design is based on the 19th century Halibut schooners of the North West American coast.

Accommodation

Stay at the lovely The Duke of Marlborough

Hotel in Russell. Embrace the history and charm of New Zealand’s first licensed hotel. Located on the waterfront in the heart of the town, The Duke is a truly majestic destination for an unforgettable holiday experience.

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Day Three

Activities

Be sure to check out the Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell. Among New Zealand’s best heritage tours, the guides will take you through each step of printing and book-binding as it was done by courageous French missionaries living in this tiny outpost.

Then take the short drive to Kerikeri and explore the highly regarded Kerikeri Mission Station for another taste of early settler life. The collection of artefacts includes a large library, mostly relating to the Church Missionary Society. However it also contains a significant number of recipe books.

Accommodation

Stay at the excellent Stone Store Lodge for a stylish B&B experience complete with wood fire pizza dinners and a Kiwi bush bath if you’re game!

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Day Four

Activities

Drive half an hour north to tiny Mangonui in Doubtless Bay and take the leisurely Heritage Trail.

Beginning and ending at the historic Mangonui Courthouse, the trail is dedicated to the pioneers, both Maori and European, who crossed vast oceans to make New Zealand home. You’ll love learning more about the rich Maori and European history associated with this area.

Be sure to take the St Andrews walkway and enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the hill behind Mangonui.