Northland is rich in a unique history that ties both Maori and non Maori people together.
The people who first came to these shores were both bold and adventurous. Over 1000 years ago the legendary explorer Kupe aboard the ocean going waka (canoe) Nga Toki Matawhaorua arrived in theHokianga Harbour and the first people of the land arrived on our shores. By the late 1700’s the Europeans arrived.
Today many of the people that live here are descended from those early arrivals. As Northlanders we live, work and thrive in an environment which is the envy of the inhabitants of big cities and a more bustling lifestyle.
Northland’s story is a story of two coastlines. Much of the coastline remains unspoilt but on the west coast it is rugged and soulful and simple while on the east coast it is relatively more sophisticated and urbane.
Drive north along the west coast and you’ll come across the magnificent Tane Mahuta, the tallest kauri tree in an area that was once covered in kauri. Hokianga. Exit the forest and you come to the Hokianga Harbour with its huge white sand dunes and quiet beach communities. Then head to the northernmost tip, Cape Reinga, and watch the seas of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide.
The east coast has different charms. Here the pristine beaches are white-sanded and tranquil, places of relaxation and activities – golf, swimming, sailing and diving. In the beautiful Bay of Islands, take a cruise, soak up the sun or immerse yourself in Maori culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
The city of Whangarei has plenty of accommodation and is an excellent place to enjoy the Northland lifestyle. Sit at a quayside café and watch the yachts or visit New Zealand’s first Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning and stock up on the freshest local food.
Gay in the Bay is a social group for all fabulous queer folk either living in or visiting Northland, New Zealand. ( Paihia, Kerikeri, Whangarei, BOI, Bay of Islands, Kaitaia, Kaeo, Kaikohe, Kawakawa, Russell.)
visit www.gayinthebay.org.nz for more details…