VIDEO: Cape Brett Lighthouse with Marcus Lush, “North”, TVNZ
May21
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VIDEO: Whangamumu Whaling Station Film (1933)
May21
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Deep Water Cove – HMNZS Canterbury
Nov20

Deep Water Cove – HMNZS Canterbury

On November 3, 2007, after nine months of final planning and a weather postponement, the HMNZS Canterbury was sunk by explosives at Deep Water Cover. The idea behind retiring the frigate at this beautiful location was to provide recreational divers with a thrilling underwater experience. Divers from all over the world now come to Deep Water Cove to explore the old girl. On the day she was sunk, over 300 hospitality boats and pleasure...

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Mt Rakaumangamanga
Oct17

Mt Rakaumangamanga

Mt Rakaumangamanga, at the headland of the end of the Cape Brett peninsula, has huge significance for the Maori people. It marks one of pivotal corners of the so called ‘polynesian triangle’.  The earliest navigators came from within this triangle to arrive in Aotearoa (i.e. New Zealand). The other points of the triangle are Hawaiiki and Easter Island. Mt Rakaumangamanga (“the branching out of the canoes”) is named after Te Heke Nui...

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Cape Brett Lighthouse
Sep20

Cape Brett Lighthouse

The 14-metre high Cape Brett Lighthouse stands at the entrance to the Bay of Islands. The iconic lighthouse was first lit in 1910, and it still has its internal workings. The light was unique in that it was the first light of three in New Zealand to utilize mercury bath technology. The Cape Brett Lighthouse keeper’s cottage, built in 1908, is a typical lighthouse keepers dwelling of the early 20th century. It is the only one of...

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Marsden Cross Tours
Mar24

Marsden Cross Tours

Marsden Cross, the place where Samuel Marsden preached the first evangelistic sermon in New Zealand on Christmas morning 1814, is only 15 minutes by boat from Oke Bay Lodge. When you visit this immensely significant site, you are in for a rich blend of history and scenery! The painting above shows Marsden’s ship Active anchored in Oihi Bay. It was at Oihi Bay that he conducted on shore the first Christian service to be held in...

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