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.