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Backpacking in the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands turquoise waters have long been a drawcard for those travelling to New Zealand. Sailing trips, game fishing, watersports and island-hopping are among many of the ways to enjoy this colourful region. Find Backpacker Accommodation The Bay of Islands is also steeped in history too. The first Europeans settled here with Russell being the first capital of New Zealand in the 19th century. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here between the British and the Maori, forging the guidelines for the New Zealand that exists today. Russell Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, maintains an important place in New Zealand's history, being the first sea port, first European settlement and New Zealand's first capital. The streets of Russell retain their original layout and names from 1843, and many of its historic buildings can still be visited today. It’s a lovely place to stop for a bite to eat on your way to Flagstaff Hill. The 30min loop walk takes you from Wate…