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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand. It combines great fishing, diving, sailing and other watersports with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites.

The Bay of Islands was the site at which the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers took place. Historic places include the treaty house, which houses the treaty of Waitangi; Captain Cook Memorial Museum; Flagstaff Hill (the flagpole was the scene of a historic confrontation between Maori and Pakeha, and was chopped down by the Maori leader Hone Heke); the oldest building in the country (Kemp House), and the oldest Church.

One of the most popular attractions is the Hole in the Rock, off Cape Brett. You can take a boating trip through the hole in a huge rock outcrop. Also popular are dolphin swimming and diving trips to the sunken Rainbow Warrior wreck.

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