Ron and I have just returned from a wonderful visit to the glorious Bay of Islands, where the charming Russell Museum is currently showing a special exhibit based on my book, Petticoat Whalers.
It was a great pleasure to meet the curator, Marsha Davis, and other staff, and to explore this small, but extremely well-done museum. Particularly recommended is a DVD that tells the story of Kororareka, the "Hell-hole of the Pacific" that was the original shantytown on the beach.
Particularly recommended is the Cream Trip, a comprehensive tour of the Bay as far north as the Hole in the Rock. The scenery was spectacular -- though of course the glorious weather helped.