Country NEW ZEALAND
BAY OF ISLANDS
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The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland region of the North Island
of New Zealand.
Located 60 km north-west of Whangarei, it is close to the northern tip of the country.
It is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country,
and has been renowned internationally for its big-game fishing since American author
Zane Grey publicised it in the 1930s.
The bay itself is an irregular 16 km-wide inlet in the north-eastern coast of the island.
A natural harbour, it has several arms which extend into the land, notably Waikare Inlet
in the south and Kerikeri and Te Puna (Mangonui) inlets in the north-west.
The small town of Russell is located at the end of a short peninsula that extends
into the bay from the southeast.
Several islands lie to the north of this peninsula, notably Urupukapuka Island to the east
and Moturoa Island to the north.
The Purerua Peninsula extends to the west of the bay, north of Te Puna Inlet,
and Cape Brett Peninsula extends 10 km into the Pacific Ocean at the eastern end of the bay.
The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769.
The Bay of Islands was the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans.
Whalers arrived towards the end of the 18th century, while the first missionaries
settled in 1814.
The first full-blooded European child recorded as being born in the country,
Thomas King, was born in 1815 at Oihi Bay in the Bay of Islands.
The bay has many interesting historic towns including Paihia, Russell,
Waitangi and Kerikeri.
Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent
European settlement in New Zealand, and dates from the early 1800s.
Kerikeri contains many historic sites from the earliest European colonial
settlement in the country.
These include the Mission House, also called Kemp House,
which is the oldest wooden structure still standing in New Zealand.
The Stone Store, a former storehouse, is the oldest stone building in New Zealand,
construction having begun on 19 April 1832.
In a 2006 study, the Bay of Islands was found to have the second bluest sky
in the world, after Rio de Janeiro.
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