Northland Sightseeing Tour

What you can expect ? 

Northland of New Zealand is the Northern area of whole New Zealand. There are lots of sightseeing and historical places
in northern area. This tour will take you to the Bay of Islands, Waitangi, and Kerieri town.
A three-hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.
 

Itinerary

Auckland - Bay of islands - Ride the cruise to see the hole in the rock - Waitangi Treaty Grounds - Kerikeri Stone Store - Back to Auckland.

Bay of Islands

Many of the Māori settlements later played important roles in the development of New Zealand, such as Okiato (the nation’s first capital), Waitangi (where the Treaty of Waitangi would later be signed) and Kerikeri, (which was an important departure point for inland Māori going to sea, and later site of the first permanent mission station in the country). Some of the islands became notable as well, such as Te Pahi Island where 60 of chief Te Pahi's people were killed as revenge after he was wrongly accused of being responsible for the Boyd Massacre at Whangaroa.

Hole in the rock

The Bay of Islands was made famous by American author Zane Gray, a keen fisherman, who wrote of his love of the area in his book “Tales of The Angler’s Eldorado, New Zealand”. Journey around the Bay of Islands, heading to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. This formation has been carved by nature, sea and rain out of the towering stone and is considered one of New Zealand’s most impressive natural wonders.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Treaty of Waitangi proper began on February 5, 1840 when a public meeting was held on the grounds in front of James Busby's residence. Lieutenant Governor Hobson read a proposed document to the 300 or so European and Māori who were in attendance and then provided the Māori chiefs an opportunity to speak. Initially, a large number of chiefs (including Te Kemara, Rewa and Moka Te Kainga-mataa) spoke against accepting the Crown's proposition to rule over Aotearoa. Later in the proceedings a few chiefs began to entertain the idea; amongst the more notable chiefs to support the Crown were Te Wharerahi, Pumuka, and the two Hokianga chiefs, Tāmati Wāka Nene and his brother Eruera Maihi Patuone. The proceedings were ended and were to recommence on February 7; however, a number of chiefs pressed to sign earlier. The Treaty of Waitangi was initially signed on February 6, 1840 in a marquee erected in the grounds of James Busby's house at Waitangi by representatives of the British Crown, the chiefs of the Confederation of the United Tribes of New Zealand, and other Māori tribal leaders, and subsequently by other Māori chiefs at other places in New Zealand

Kerikeri Stone Store

The Stone Store at Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building.

Part of the second Church Missionary Society station in New Zealand, the store was designed by John Hobbs to replace an earlier wooden storehouse. The Stone Store was erected between 1832 and 1836 by a mason, William Parrott, a carpenter, Ben Nesbitt, and a team of Māori. Construction was of sandstone from Australia, local volcanic rocks, and burnt shell mortar. Iron ties and window bars were forged by James Kemp, though these unfortunately corroded the sandstone. Initially the building had a wooden belfry on one side.

The Stone Store was intended to be the base of the Church Missionary Society’s trading post, selling produce from the farms at the te Waimate mission to ships, and European goods to Māori. Marsden planned to build a flour mill on the adjacent Kerikeri River, but this was eventually built at te Waimate instead. Stone was used to protect wheat from rats, for defence against Māori and to reduce the risk of fire.

Information 

* Pick up & Drop Off : At your accommodation in the city centre area

* How we operates : Available Mon - Sat

* Price : 430 NZD Per person  (Min. 3 persons - Max 6 persons)

* Tour Duration : Full Day (9 hours Based) , Starts from 7am.

* Included :

  English Tour Guide, Private Transportation, All Entrance Fees

* Excluded :

  Personal Expenses, Tour Guide tips, Meals during the tour. 

* What to bring

  Suitable footwear for walking, Sunblock & Cap/hat & Sunglass

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