Paihia & The Bay of Islands
The tourist hub of Paihia is just a 20 minute drive from Avalon where you can enjoy many of the maritime activities such as sailing, boat cruises and fishing charters. It is also the way to get to the historic and charming village of Russell, either by passenger ferry or the vehicle ferry at Opua. For a fantastic overview of the islands try a scenic helicopter flight.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds is also next to the township of Paihia where you can experience Maori cultural performances and learn more of New Zealand’s history of european settlement. Kerikeri, Russell and Waitangi were all some of the earliest areas settled by europeans so the history is interesting and relevant for many visitors.