There are plenty of ways to spend time in the Bay of Islands. There are the historic buildings of Russell, well they're historic by New Zealand standards anyway, Flag staff hill, Pompellier House, or perhaps seafood and chardonnay at the Duke of Marlborough.
The grounds feature the original treaty house, an ornately carved Marae (meeting house) and the great waka (war canoe) Ngatokimatawhaorua, the largest war canoe in the world. There are guided tours available and Kapa Haka (traditional song and dance) shows perform daily. There's also an awesome light and sound show that operates in the evening several nights a week.
Take a quick drive to the top of Mt Bledisloe, just past the golf course. There's some wicked views across the Bay and the surrounding area. A 10 minute drive from there and you'll be at Haruru falls. The falls aren't particularly high, but after a bit of rain they can charge, so well worth a visit!
Waitangi has one of the best appointed golf courses in New Zealand, there are several excellent bush walks, mountain biking and a host of other activities. Catamarans, kayaks, water bikes and jet skis can all be hired on the beach.
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My favourite spot in Nz - Bay of Islands. There is so much to do with boating, fishing and diving.� Awesome Adventures in the Bay of Island
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