Featured Locale: Paihia, New Zealand

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About Paihia

Welcome to remote and beautiful New Zealand, known for native Māori culture and traditions as well as virgin lands and waters on both the north and south islands. Paihia is located on the northern-most tip of the “Northland” island, also known as the Bay of Islands. This is usually a first-time stop for visitors taking their initial trips to New Zealand, and for good reason—Paihia is home to most of the touristic activities and it’s easy to find shuttles and ferries to the Southland for the Lord of the Rings tours, if desired.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

This is New Zealand’s most important historic site as the spot where the peace accords were signed by the Māori people and the Crown in 1840. There’s a lot to see and do here, so we recommend allowing at least four hours to explore the compound. We also urge you to check the Treaty Grounds website so you can time your visit with a Waitangi Cultural Performance in which resident Te Whare Rananga perform with weaponry, stick games, the famous haka, and traditional folk songs.

There is a museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits, for instance, the Ngatokimatawhaorua, the longest carved war canoe in the hemisphere. After you understand the story, join a Waitangi tour and learn about the personal side of the treaty signing. Each tour guide is descended from a treaty signer and can give all sorts of fascinating details about how English rule has affected the Māori people and their culture, as well as New Zealand as a whole. This attraction is truly a step back in time. Check out their website for details: http://www.waitangi.org.nz/.

Hokianga’s Forest

Nature-lovers will be barely be able to contain themselves over this attraction. Meet your guide, and then go with them on a forest adventure that you’ll remember always. All of the guides are native Māori and have tons of stories about the landmarks you’ll see in the wilderness. Be sure to stop by kauri trees, which are an important staple in culture for the people of New Zealand. After that, your guide will take you to the Kawiti Glowworm Caves where you will be delighted by these natural creatures that literally glow in the darkness of the caves. If worms aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are limestone rock formations, stories, and some great hiking to be had.

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