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With 144 islands and a pretty stretch of east coast, the Bay of Islands is Northland’s most popular holiday spot. Water recreation and wildlife-viewing abound here, but hiking also rewards with stunning coastal views, waterfalls, and rolling green hills. Charming historic towns, wineries, and galleries dot the coast, while old Russell town and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds tell important stories from New Zealand’s early modern history.

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