Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rachel Schnaitman


Havelock is a coastal village in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It sits at the head of Pelorus Sound, one of the Marlborough Sounds.

State Highway 6 from Nelson to Blenheim passes through the town. Queen Charlotte Drive, which provides a shorter but very tortuous road to Picton proceeds east along the edge of the Sounds. Looking at the street view on google earth I saw many winding roads, similar to Queen Charlotte drive, that pass by mountains and lush green vegetation.

Some interesting facts about the town are that Havelock is the centre for much of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel industry and Havelock means "sea-war." Similarly, Havelock was named after Sir Henry Havelock, known from the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

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The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its fishing and sailing and its gorgeous scenery.

The bay itself is an irregular 16 km-wide inlet in the north-eastern coast of the island. A natural harbour, it has several arms which extend into the land, notably Waikare Inlet in the south and Kerikeri and Te Puna (Mangonui) inlets in the north-west. The Bay of Islands formed when the sea drowned a number of river valleys, creating an irregular and attractive coastline of more than 800 km. The area shows signs of volcanic activity, with many eruption outlets and lava flows. Its outer limits are marked by the headlands of Tokerau on the north and Rākaumangamanga on the south
The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769. Interestingly, 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 bay has many interesting historic towns including Paihia, Russell, Waitangi and Kerikeri. Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, and dates from the early 1800s. Kerikeri contains many historic sites from the earliest European colonial settlement in the country. These include the Mission House, also called Kemp House, which is the oldest wooden structure still standing in New Zealand. The Stone Store, a former storehouse, is the oldest stone building in New Zealand, construction having begun on 19 April 1832.
While exploring google earth I found lots of really great pictures and I found several youtube videos. My favorite was a video that details some scenery and lots of marine mammals.

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