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The original Maori name for St Heliers was Whanga-Nui, meaning 'Large Bay' and it was here, at local Karaka Bay, on 4 March 1840 that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by representatives of Queen Victoria and the Tamaki Chiefs. St Heliers is named after a town in Jersey in the Channel Islands. There are plenty of opportunities to take in some stunning vistas in and around St Heliers with views of an Auckland icon, Rangitoto Island the volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf. Rangitoto is the youngest volcano in New Zealand being merely 600 years old. It is also a pest free haven for native animals and birds after being fully restored by DOC (Department of Conservation) with the largest remaining Pohutukawa forest in New Zealand. There are also numerous historical and heritage buildings.