Culture & Heritage

Step back in time and experience the Bay of Islands as it used to be at the Culture North show in Waitangi. Then explore the museums, take a historical tour and walk the early Maori pa sites. Bring yourself back to the present with a trip around some of Northland’s wineries.
Cape Brett Lighthouse

Cape Brett Lighthouse

Christ Church, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. First church built in NZ. Survived several attacks, and was paid for by donations from the likes of Charles Darwin amongst many others to provide the first formal religious services to the "hell hole" of the Pacific.

Christ Church, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. First church built in NZ. Survived several attacks, and was paid for by donations from the likes of Charles Darwin amongst many others to provide the first formal religious services to the "hell hole" of the Pacific.

Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand by Sandy Austin, via Flickr

Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand by Sandy Austin, via Flickr

Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand by Sandy Austin, via Flickr

Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand by Sandy Austin, via Flickr

Waitangi Day: Local children make seaweed costumes while crowds gather to watch the wakas gather off Te Beach  © Catherine Langford

Waitangi Day: Local children make seaweed costumes while crowds gather to watch the wakas gather off Te Beach © Catherine Langford

Te Waimate Mission - NZ's first European-style farm and the first inland European settlement in the country.

Te Waimate Mission - NZ's first European-style farm and the first inland European settlement in the country.

Kawakawa vintage railway, complete with a steam train that chugs through the centre of town

Kawakawa vintage railway, complete with a steam train that chugs through the centre of town

Stone Store, Kerikeri. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built in the 1830s by ex-convict William Parrot and Maori labour, the Stone Store initially housed and traded mission goods.

Stone Store, Kerikeri. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built in the 1830s by ex-convict William Parrot and Maori labour, the Stone Store initially housed and traded mission goods.

Haka is an important part of Maori formal welcome ceremonies

Haka is an important part of Maori formal welcome ceremonies

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