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

  • Kerikeri Mission Station

    Kerikeri Mission Station

    In a picture-perfect setting in the Bay of Islands one of New Zealand’s premier historic sites preserves the stories of tumultuous times when Māori met missionaries and life was changed forever.

  • Pompallier Mission and Printery

    Pompallier Mission

    Situated in a beautiful waterfront setting in the Bay of Islands, this French-style printery and tannery was the hub of the Catholic mission in the country, its ground-floor printery producing prayer books in te reo Māori by the thousands.

  • Te Waimate Mission

    Te Waimate Mission House

    New Zealand’s second oldest building, Te Waimate Mission, preserves missionary, farming and architectural history, as well as stories of important early encounters between Māori and Europeans.

  • Clendon House

    Clendon House

    Clendon House is the fascinating home of Captain James Reddy Clendon, ship owner and trader. Captain Clendon was in the thick of the earliest Maori and Pakeha interaction and was a witness to the Treaty of Waitangi.

  • Māngungu Mission

    Mangungu Mission

    Māngungu was established on the shore of the spectacular Hokianga Harbour in 1828 as a Wesleyan Mission station. It was built in 1838-1839 for the Reverend Nathaniel Turner.

  • Ruatuna

    Ruatuna house with trees in the background.

    Ruatuna, the Coates family home at the northern end of the Kaipara Habour, is a lasting tribute to “Jazz Premier” Gordon Coates.