Historic Far North tour
Thursday 25 October, 4:30 pm - Sunday 28 October, 3:30 pm
Our tour last year to the Far North with its focus on history and architecture, was a wonderful and inspiring tour. The day at Waitangi with Dame Claudia Orange was a highlight, and a thoughtful and changing experience. As so many of you expressed interest in going, we are thrilled that Claudia has agreed to accompany us on a second tour to the Far North.
A few small changes to the itinerary will ensure there is plenty of time where it is needed, and we are also looking at some additional options to help you make the most of your travel to the area. Numbers are limited to 40. The final cost will be confirmed early May. In the meantime keep the dates free.
Paihia, Russell, Waitangi, Kerikeri all conjure up memories of early European history in New Zealand. As well as visiting the Waitangi Treaty grounds with Treaty expert Dame Claudia Orange, you will visit Waimate North for a tour of the Te Waimate Mission. Built in 1832 under the direction of the Reverend Samuel Marsden, it is New Zealand’s second oldest building. 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.
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. A tour of Pompallier Mission, the historic printery/tannery/storehouse of the early Roman Catholic missionaries will be a highlight as was strolling around Russell and Christ Church, the country’s oldest surviving Anglican church.