This month regular Air New Zealand customers may have noticed a rather grand article featuring the Bay of Islands – and naming Moon Gate Villa as the  ‘B&B Accommodation of Choice‘,  in their in-flight ‘Kia Ora‘ magazine.  We are really pleased and proud to be highlighted, along with the Duke of Marlborough in Russell.

It’s a great read, focusing on tying together the historic threads between Russell, Waitangi and Kerikeri – New Zealand’s earliest european settlement and of course the home of the historic Treaty of Waitangi.

If you don’t have a copy of October 2016 ‘Kia Ora’ magazine handy, or you have no plans to fly in the next week or so, we’ve scanned and included the full article linked below; useful for your holiday planning! 

downloadBay Window’ -Kia Ora magazine, Oct. 2016 

A better stroll into town

Old Packhouse Market

Old Packhouse Market – now an even shorter stroll away!

The last few meters of a new footpath running along Kerikeri Road and our Moon Gate villa entrance are being laid on schedule for completion by the end of October.  It leads into town in one direction and towards the Old Packhouse Market, The Makana Chocolate factory and cafe, and the Kauri Workshop just a few minutes away in the other direction.

It wasn’t too bad a walk using the old green verge, but it’s a much better walk for our guests and long overdue for regulars who walk, run or bike ride along the road.

An even better Waitangi experience!

The new Waitangi Visitor Centre

The new Waitangi Visitor Centre and gift shop

We wrote earlier this year about the wonderful new Waitangi museum and it’s certainly been a huge hit, particularly with our International guests.

We attended their season launch earlier this week, and were the first to visit the renovated visitor centre, with its gift shop and cinema, and a new Maori carver workshop.  Wow!  There’s another 30 minutes to spend at Waitangi per visit – which is why the new day pass entitles visitors to 2 consecutive days to enjoy the museum. A ‘must do’ for any visitor to the Bay of Islands.