Immerse yourself in Paihia’s captivating history and breathtaking landscapes, nestled in the heart of the Bay of Islands. This enchanting region holds great cultural significance as the site where the historic Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, marking New Zealand’s birth as a nation. Explore the grounds of the Treaty House at Waitangi and gain insights into the Maori and European heritage that shaped the country’s identity.
Nature enthusiasts will delight in the numerous walking trails that dot the area, offering spectacular views and encounters with pristine wilderness. One of the most popular hikes is the scenic boardwalk leading to Haruru Falls, where you can witness the power and beauty of an impressive waterfall.
Across the Bay lies the historic village of Russell, known in its whaling days as the ‘Hell hole of the Pacific.’ Today, Russell exudes a relaxed atmosphere and is brimming with fascinating history. Explore the charming streets, visit historical sites, and soak in the serene coastal ambience. Stop by the oldest licensed pub in New Zealand to taste local hospitality.
A short 20-minute drive takes you to Kerikeri, renowned for its vineyards and horticulture. Experience the region’s flavours by visiting the local market held on Saturdays, where you can indulge in fresh produce and artisanal goods. Discover the historical treasures of the Kerikeri basin, including ‘The Stone Store,’ a beautifully preserved stone building, and the ‘Mission House,’ reflecting the early European settlement in New Zealand.
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In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the Maori and Europeans, marking New Zealand’s beginning as a nation. The historic Treaty House at Waitangi is close to Paihia township, which has great cultural significance. There are many walks in the area, with a popular hike on the boardwalk to Haruru Falls, which showcases an impressive waterfall.
Across the Bay is the historic village of Russell, once known from its whaling days as the ‘Hell hole of the Pacific. Today it offers a more relaxed atmosphere with lots of history. It also has the oldest licensed pub in New Zealand. Just 20 minutes drive is the town of Kerikeri with its many vineyards and is known for its horticulture with a market day on a Saturday where you can buy fresh produce and local handicrafts. Nearby is the Kerikeri basin with two of New Zealand’s most historical buildings, ‘The Stone Store’ and ‘Mission House’.
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