Waitangi, Bay of Islands
Collected by Donna Heiderstadt , AFAR Contributor
Tau Henare Dr, Waitangi 0293, New Zealand
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are where the treaty between the Maori chiefs and the British settlers was signed in 1840, setting off decades of land wars and grievances that are not settled to this day. The visitor center offers tours of the Treaty...
246 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
Two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings—Kemp House, built in 1822, and the Stone Store, added in 1832—are located at this historic mission station, where Maori chiefs invited European traders and missionaries to live among the indigenous people....
49 Waiomio Rd, Waiomio 0210, New Zealand
Wooden walkways offer a convenient path down into the Kawiti Caves at Waiomio, a network of limestone caverns, which, while fascinating on their own, take on an otherworldly aura because they are home to thousands of luminous glowworms. These tiny...
Puketi Forest 0476, New Zealand
Home to New Zealand’s towering native kauri trees—one of the world’s largest and longest-living trees—this 15,000-hectare (37,000-acre) forest is a popular locale for walks and hikes. The Puketi Nature Trail is an easy one-hour loop through kauri...
35 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
The welcoming whitewashed porch of the mid-19th-century Duke of Marlborough Hotel on the Russell waterfront is the perfect spot to spend time savoring a generous bowl of seafood chowder or a plate of fresh Waikare Inlet oysters—not to mention a...
Te Wairoa Rd, Northland 0293, New Zealand
Named for Samuel Marsden, who first planted grapevines in Kerikeri two centuries ago, 20-year-old Marsden Estate Winery & Restaurant is a relaxing spot to enjoy a combination winetasting (with options from chardonnay to syrah) and lunch. The...
15 York St, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Located in a recently expanded 1950s cottage in Russell, the eclectic South Sea Art gallery features original pieces by more than two dozen New Zealand–based artists who work in oil, acrylic, photography, pencil, watercolor and glass, as well as...
3 Cass St, Russell 0202, New Zealand
The flagship shop of Newport Chocolates—there’s a second one in Auckland—produces handmade artisanal chocolate on the premises. Located just off the Strand, it lures sweets lovers with its samplers of decadent confections: dark chocolates with...