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.
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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.
Situated in a beautiful waterfront setting in the Bay of Islands, this French-style printery and tannery combines momentous Māori and Paheka history, glorious gardens, and hands-on fun.
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 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 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.