New Zealand facts & history in brief
New Zealand Map
is under the control of the
Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board,
is a popular stopover for many of
Auckland's yachtsmen and summer
vacation, excursion, picnic place.
It is also a popular retirement
place and only about 8 km off
the main land.
The island's settlement goes back to
Maori times and have an interesting
European times history as well.
In the 1850s manganese and copper
was mined on the island.
In 1862, the Governor, Sir George Grey
bought the island, enlarged the
Mansion House, which is a museum now
and introduced many exotic plants
and animals, like wallabies
to the island.
You can click on these photo for an enlargement.
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