Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Our final stop on the New Zealand cruise was Bay of Islands near the top of the North Island. The ship docked at Waitangi and after a tender transfer to the dock we took a short shuttle bus into the town and went exploring.

The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands next to the country’s North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artefacts. It’s also home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell, whose waterfront promenade is lined with remnants from its days as the country’s first colonial capital. 

Waitangi was a colourful small town and pleasant to walk around with many cafes, restaurants and shops. We had a wonderful lunch at Terra Restaurant with a beautiful view over the waterfront.

We stopped at Hobson Beach on our return to the boat terminal to catch our tender back to the ship and got some great views of our ship sitting in the bay.

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