About Bay of Islands
Blame 18th century explorer Captain James Cook for the understated name: Bay of Islands. He stumbled into this little piece of heaven in 1769, but perhaps his choice wasn't such a no-brainer, after all.
The bay has 144 islands that pop up as you pass through the channel to reach the tendering spot off Waitangi. These bays and inlets are actually 'drowned' valleys, and the islands are peaks of what were the highest 'hills'.
If you aren't keen on exploring the area by boat, there are many interesting sights to visit on land, including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
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