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Hole in the Rock Cruise
Hole in the Rock CruiseHalf day cruise to 'Hole in the Rock' including dolphin viewing.

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Cape Reinga Tour
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour, Fullers GratSights, Bay of Islands, New ZealandFull day scenic coach tour to the tip of NZ via 90 mile beach.

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The Double Dip
Hole in the Rock Cruise and Cape Reinga Tour Combo, Bay of Islands, New ZealandHole in the Rock Cruise and Cape Reinga Tour into one action combo.
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Discover Kerikeri
Swim with Dolphins, Fullers GratSights, Bay of Islands, New ZealandHalf day bus tour including historic sites and wine and chocolate tasting.
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Historic Places - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands is known not only for its beauty but also as one of New Zealand’s most significant historic regions. The Bay of Islands was the scene of early contact and conflict between the Maori people and European settlers, who began arriving in the late eighteenth century.

Kemp House (1821) - New Zealand’s oldest building
246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri. Open Daily - Ph 09-407-9236
Kemp House, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New ZealandBuilt by Maori sawyers and missionary carpenters from the London-based Church Missionary Society in 1820-21, Kemp House predates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by almost 20 years. Enjoy a tour of New Zealand’s oldest building including a large range of furniture and personal items owned by the missionary families who lived here – including James and Charlotte Kemp. Nestled in the shadow of Hongi Hika’s Kororipo Pa, Kemp House is the sole survivor of the Musket Wars of the 1820s – and a place of fascinating stories brought to life by our knowledgeable Historic Places Trust Guides.

Stone Store (1832) - New Zealand's oldest stone building
246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri. Open Daily - Ph 09-407-9236
Stone Store, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New ZealandLocated next door to Kemp House, the Stone Store is New Zealand’s oldest stone building. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs, and built by Australian convict William Parrott, the Stone Store was constructed to hold New Zealand mission supplies and large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate. The wheat failed, however, and the building was mainly leased as a kauri gum trading store. Today, you can shop for authentic frontier trade goods as well as classically branded Kiwiana products recalling the great Kiwi summer holiday and the Stone Store’s place in history as a Northland tourism icon.

Pompallier (1841) - New Zealand’s oldest surviving Roman Catholic building
The Strand, Russell. Open Daily – Ph 09-403-9015
Pompallier, Russell, Bay of Islands, New ZealandRoll up your sleeves and have a go at tanning leather or printing on a pre-Industrial Revolution press at Pompallier Mission in Russell. Established by Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic mission to Western Oceania in 1841, Bishop Pompallier and his Marist missionaries printed almost 40,000 religious texts in Maori here in eight years – a staggering achievement. Built in the traditional Lyons building style of pise de terre (rammed earth) Pompallier Mission is the only building of its kind in Australasia, and has been faithfully restored to its original function as New Zealand’s oldest factory. Enjoy stories told by our trained Historic Places Trust Guides of the peoples who lived and worked here, and who were witnesses to the Birth of the Nation.

Te Waimate Mission (1832) - New Zealand’s first farm
Te Ahu Ahu Road, Waimate North. Open Daily Nov 1 to Apr 30; Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed May 1 to Oct 31
Te Waimate Mission, Waimate North, New ZealandEnjoy the simple beauty of this Georgian building which was the heart of the Church Missionary Society’s model farm – the forerunner of modern agriculture in New Zealand. The only survivor of three similar buildings, the Mission House was where the missionaries taught local Maori modern farming techniques with a view to converting them to Christianity. Te Waimate Mission is also famous for hosting a number of famous historical figures who visited, including scientists Charles Darwin and Thomas Henry Huxley, and for being the site of the second signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Enjoy fascinating Te Waimate Mission and its spacious grounds – ideal for picnics – only 20 minutes drive from Kerikeri.

Clendon House - Meet Hokianga’s gutsiest woman
Clendon Esplanade, Rawene. Nov 1 to Apr 30 Sat, Sun, Mon; May 1 to Oct 31 Mon, Tues
Clendon House, Rawene, Hokianga, New ZealandStep back in time and explore the home of one of Northland’s most prominent historical figures – James Reddy Clendon, a trader, witness to the Treaty of Waitangi, Magistrate and New Zealand’s first US Consul. Crammed with historic treasures belonging to the Clendon family, Clendon House is a heritage goldmine. Hear stories about early life in the Hokianga – one of New Zealand’s oldest bicultural communities – including the moving story of how James Clendon’s young widow Jane worked hard to pay off a mountain of debt in order to keep Clendon House in the family, and indirectly play an important role in preserving this stunning piece of early New Zealand heritage.

Mangungu Mission House Breathtakingly beautiful
Motukiore Road, Horeke. Open Daily Dec 26 to Jan 31, noon-4pm; Feb to Dec, weekends noon-4pm
Mangungu Mission House, Hokianga Harbour, New ZealandVisit the site of the third and largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi at this Wesleyan Mission, located in one of the most stunning parts of the Hokianga Harbour. Built in 1838-39, the house is furnished with precious missionary items, portraits of historical figures including the chief Patuone, the missionaries’ main protector. Visitors can also see the table on which the Treaty was signed at Mangungu as well as relics of the days when nearby Horeke was a ship-building yard.

For more information visit the New Zealand Historic Places Trust website.


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