Neil and Laura's 2005 Adventure travel blog

Looking down on Bay of Islands from the Flagstaff above Russell

And looking over the town of Russell from the same spot

Long Beach just a short walk from the camp site at Russell

Looking out to the islands from Long Beach

Huge Maori war canoe carved for the centenary of the Waitangi Treaty...

Neil clearly suffering after a bad night on the beer

Flagstaff on the lawn at Waitangi - looking back across to Russell

The Treaty House - looking exactly as it was in 1840

Dinner at sunset on the Russell waterfront

Blue waters out among the islands

The Hole in the Rock - passage through the island at the...

Getting closer - the skipper actually took the cruise boat through with...

At the lookout on Urupukapuka Island

And facing the other way at the same lookout

Looking across the bay (sunny again, of course)

Unsurprisingly, the Bay of Islands is a bay with lots of small islands towards the north end of North Island. It's one of the first places settled by the British and Russell, now a small, upmarket town full of yachties and rich people, was the first capital of New Zealand.

Close by across the bay is Waitangi the scene of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British and a coalition of Maori chiefs which made New Zealand a British colony in 1840. A hugely picturesque area with great beaches and coastal scenery it's also a good place for cruising round the islands. We like it so much we decide to give up touring around and spend three nights in the same place for the only time.

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