R Tucker Thompson, a 26-metre replica of a working 19th century schooner in Paradise Bay.

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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands ranks as one of NZ’s top summertime destinations. Lingering shots of its turquoise waters and 150 undeveloped islands feature heavily in the country's tourist promotions. Most of the action here is out on the water, whether that be yachting, big-game fishing, kayaking, diving or cruising around in the company of whales and dolphins.


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Cape Reinga Lighthouse at sunset.

Wildlife & Nature

Nature, surf & culture: 7 things to do in New Zealand’s Northland

May 24, 2019 • 3 min read

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