|"Big Tree, Little City", Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. |
Photo Image © Chris Gin
|One Tree Hill, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. Photo Image © Wikipedia|
Our guide welcomed us with his traditional greeting, and showed us the landscape of the mountain including the crater, and areas where the Maori would store their potatoes. He told us stories that were told by his fore-fathers, and how the Europeans settled in Auckland. He spoke of the One Tree Hill (or Maungakiekie in Māori), which was the largest and most important Maori pa (fort) in pre-European times, due to its strategic location.
|"Auckland City", Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. |
Photo Image © Mike Hollman
- The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 60 km north-west of Whangarei, it is close to the northern tip of the country.
|The Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand. Photo Image © Wikipedia|
The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769.
- The Hole in the Rock, or Piercy Island, is located off the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is at the very northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. The island is more of a rock, barren only having gannets and other sea birds to call it home.
|The 'Hole in the Rock', aka Piercy Island, North Island Photo Image © Wikipedia|