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"Pekapeka Bay" Top 5 Page for this destination Bay of Islands Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Bay of Islands Things to Do: 69 reviews and 188 photos

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What do you do when you want to quit schoolteaching? Obviously, start up a tour guide business, chuck in a houseboat hire and top it off with kayak hire. That should do it.
Well, it seems to work for Tony, my host on an extraordinary boat trip that I pushed ahead with despite unfavourable weather signs.
Your guide Tony Foster has lived in Totara North for 18 years. He shares his love of the forest and sea conveying a strong sense of knowledge and care for the environment.
What normally happens is that you are taken on a special 5.6km walk over the hills beside Totara North. That takes you to one of those special places that the exploring tourist love, Pekapeka Bay. Here is a fantasy land of volcanic rock in odd weathered shapes set in an almost pristine wilderness. As you reach the shore you are picked up by a boat and get to see more of this fantasy land. Stories of the history of the land, the people, explanations of flora and fauna, geology and the harbour will peel off Tony like water off a duck's back.
Aided somewhat by a B.Sc in Botany and Dip.Tch. his passion for the area shines through. The first shot here is simply an attention grabber with the colours amped up almost to the maximum. It does however, give you an idea of how the area grabbed me when I first saw it.
Features like the Duke's Nose (after Wellington pic 2) and the Bridal Cake (pic 4) are a couple of many that catch the eye in this amazing bay.

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2007
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