With one day left in New Zealand we begin with a visit to New Zealand’s birthplace, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand’s most important sites of historical significance. This is where Maori chiefs and European representatives of the Crown signed New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty Grounds are steeped in history and open to much interpretation. A knowledgeable Maori guide will walk us through the site and share its history including a journey in traditional and contemporary story and song by the resident dance troop.
After lunch our next stop is Opua, where we embark for our overnight cruise that will take us back to the roots of New Zealand human history. Northland (Te Tai Tokerau), is regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand. The route follows this historical and cultural path from the arrival of Maori and Europeans to the region, to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between Maori and the British Crown. With 144 islands and abundant marine and bird life the Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s finest sub- tropical maritime parks. Ipipiri, our small expedition ship, offers a relaxed environment where you can do as much or as little as you like. The following activities are complimentary and are available to all passengers: Snorkelling (fins and mask provided), kayaking, island excursions including beach and bush walks, and swimming. If relaxation is more your style, then you can choose to soak up the views from the sundeck, read a book, play a board game or chat with the knowledgeable crew.
Your accommodation for the night is in one of 30 deluxe cabins. All rooms have ensuite bath and uninterrupted sea views so you can watch the sun set or rise from the privacy of your room. Overnight on board the Ipipiri Cruise.