Bay of Islands, New Zealand

North of Auckland, along the narrow Northland peninsula, lies a shady “cathedral” of some of the world’s largest trees. These hulking specimens stand up to 170 feet tall, and are over 1,200 years old.

The captivating Bay of Islands shelters 150 islands and enchanting wetlands of birdlife, fish, seals, dolphins, and even whales. No wonder it’s one of New Zealand’s favorite destinations.