Bay of Islands

Waipoua Forest 
Paihia City
Hole in the Rock

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Bay of Islands

In the Heart of Maori Culture

At the edges of the world in search of a land full of primeval beauty, a delicate ecosystem where nothing has changed since the dinosaurs grazed there undisturbed. It is the Bay of Islands, the northern region of New Zealand and the place of origin of the first inhabitants of this land: the Maori. 
Thanks to your MSC World Cruise, you will have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world: the Bay of Islands is home to many forests, reserves and marine parks where you can admire wonderful flora and fauna. In Waipoua Forest, for example, you can find Tane Mahuta, the “Lord of the Forest”, a Kauri tree about 3,000 years old and the second largest tree in the world. 
In the Waitangi National Reserve, you can take a trip on the calm waters of the estuary, listening to the legends of the Maori immersed in the mangrove forests, all the way up to Haruru Falls. Nearby can be found the city of Paihia, the best location to discover the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Here, on your voyage with MSC Cruises, you can reach the picturesque village of Russell in only a short time, enjoy the beautiful scenery and visit the Russell Museum, where you can find handmade Maori crafts and the history of the whalers that circulated this area.
Still on Paihia Wharf, you can head off to one of the landmarks of this region of New Zealand: the Hole in the Rock. It is a majestic natural arch in the rocks and once you are inside, you seem to be underneath the dome of a giant cathedral. It is the ideal spot for spotting dolphins, whales and penguins, admiring these beautiful sea creatures in their natural habitat. With MSC Cruises, you will experience only the best of an extraordinary land. 

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    New Zealand

    Kiwi spotting in a land of pioneers and adventurers
    Kiwi spotting in a land of pioneers and adventurers

    New Zealand lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in Oceania.

    It is made up of two main islands: North Island and South Island, as well as numerous smaller islands such as the Chatham Islands. It is a sparsely populated country, full of surprises, rich in natural beauty and vast landscapes. 
    A visit to the capital Wellington is a must; a lively and fun city with street musicians and colourful markets. However, New Zealand’s largest city is actually Auckland. Known as the “City of Sails” because of its strong links with the sea and all the activities connected to it, the city enjoys a privileged location between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. 
    A visit to the Sky Tower is a must: from a height of 328 metres you can enjoy a wonderful view that extends for 80 kilometres. Half an hour from the city there are the forests of the Waitakere Ranges, where you can see thousand year old Kauri trees which have trunks with a diameter of several meters, and Piha, which will enchant you with its black volcanic sand beach, a popular destination for surfers from all over the world.