Bay of Islands, New Zealand

[ 0 ] February 26, 2012 |

Following an itinerary we pulled off of DriveNZ.com together with our Lonely Planet NZ guide, we made our way north out of Auckland headed for Paihia.  During the four-hour drive, we quickly noticed that most of the towns, roads, and landmarks have indigenous Maori names (the native Polynesian people of NZ).  Needless to say, they are incredibly difficult to understand, read, pronounce, or even remember – and I’m usually pretty good with names and places.  Maybe all this traveling is turning my brain into mush.  Either way, the names definitely make navigating the landscape a notch harder.

The Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands

Arriving in Paihi, we were greeted with a beautiful bay filled with sailboats.  After a quick trip to the i-site (the standardized visitor center located in about every major tourist location in New Zealand), we learned that taking an overnight sailboat ride around the various bay islands is “the thing” to do here.  While an incredibly beautiful setting, having sailed a fair bit before the novelty of shelling out $200-$300 per person to sail around for a day wasn’t really up our alley.  So we decided to press on northward toward the northern most point in New Zealand, Cape Reinga.

Looking out over the Bay of Islands

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