The Bay of Islands is in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is one of the most admired fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country, and has been celebrated worldwide for its big-game fishing since American author Zane Grey publicized it in the 1930s. The first European to stop at the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769. The Bay of Islands was the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans. Whalers arrived towards the end of the 18th century, while the first missionaries settled in 1814. The first full-blooded European child recorded as being born in the country was Thomas King, was born in 1815 at Oihi Bay in the Bay of Islands. A natural harbor, it has numerous arms which extend into the land, especially Waikare Inlet in the south and Kerikeri and Te Puna coves in the north-west.
You can visit two of New Zealand's oldest historical sites. The Mission House, also called Kemp House, which is the oldest wooden structure still standing in New Zealand and The Stone Store, a former storehouse, is the oldest stone building in New Zealand, construction having begun in 1832.