Historic Bay of Islands tour

Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 October 2017


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We are at the early stages of planning a visit to the far north with a focus on history and architecture, including privileged access to sites that are rarely available to see. Paihia, Russell, Waitangi, Kerikeri all conjure up memories of early European history in New Zealand.

Our tour will include the Waitangi Treaty grounds and a visit to the award winning museum and exhibition Ko Waitangi Tenei: This is Waitangi.  The exhibition features many valuable and significant historic pieces previously scattered through museums and private collections throughout the country and overseas.

The missionary theme includes a private visit to the house and gardens of ‘The Retreat’ at Pakaraka, the home of Henry and Marianne Williams, a beautiful example of Georgian mission architecture.

Waimate North includes the Te Waimate Mission, New Zealand’s second oldest building, built in 1832 under the direction of the Reverend Samuel Marsden.  In February 1840, this Mission House hosted the second signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Kerikeri, often called the ‘Cradle of the Nation’, is the site of the first permanent mission station in the country as well as other historic buildings.  Kerikeri was also the first place in New Zealand where grape vines were planted by Samuel Marsden in 1819 – a hint for us to enjoy a meal at a winery!

Our tour would not be complete without a ferry ride to Russell formerly known as Kororāreka, the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand, and briefly its first capital. You will stroll to Pompallier Mission, the historic printery/tannery/storehouse of the early Roman Catholic missionaries, and Christ Church, the country’s oldest surviving Anglican church.

After lunch on the waterfront and a ferry ride back to Paihia, our tour will end in time to meet travel commitments.

If you are interested in the tour please register here…