Bay of Islands A 3-hour drive or 35-minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua peninsula. A popular choice for overnight stays is the historic township of Russell. Once the first capital of New Zealand, it has developed into a holiday destination with various museums, shops, restaurants and bars. Its busier neighbour across the bay is Paihia, close to the historic Treaty House at Waitangi, which marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation.
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Hole In The Rock cruise
Travel out into the Bay of Islands for a catamaran cruise in search of dolphins, whales and other marine life. Enjoy spectacular views from the boat and head right to the end of the Cape Brett peninsula, site of the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako island. According to Maori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the hole in their canoes before departing for battle, if drops of water from the cave roof above fell on them then it was a good omen.
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