Exploring the region

From the rugged coast line east of Russell to the beautiful sandy beaches and native forests north of the Bay of Islands, the far north has such a lot to offer. Marvel at the ancient  Giant Kauri Trees of the Waipoua Forest, especially the extraordinary 2,000 year-old, 167 ft high Tane Mahuta, with its amazing 45ft trunk circumference!

Take a day trip by car or bus to ninety-mile beach and Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Explore the history of early New Zealand settlement and the conflict leading to the signing of the historic but controversial Treaty of Waitangi between Maoris and the British settlers.