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Welcome to, a website dedicated to providing information about the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Find your perfect hotel or other accommodation for your stay, or book something to do in the tours or activities section.

The Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand, combining great outdoor experiences with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites. Cruise from Auckland, or start your holiday in Paihia, the hub of the Bay of Islands, where many tours by both land and sea begin.

The Bay of Islands was the site at which the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers took place. Visit Waitangi to see the treaty house, where New Zealand’s founding document was signed by Maori and Pakeha leaders. Russell, once the rowdy and bustling capital of New Zealand, today maintains a lively and casual island feel due to its isolation from the mainland. From here walk north to Flagstaff Hill, a reserve that was once the scene of a historic confrontation between Maori leader Hone Heke and the British Colonials. The flag pole flying the Union Jack was severed four times before war settled the dispute. Kerikeri, the earliest permanent settlement in New Zealand, houses some of the country’s oldest buildings, bush walks, arts and crafts and local cuisine.

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Paihia Wharf

As well as the peace and relaxation of the beaches and fishing and sailing opportunities, the Bay of Islands provides for the thrill seekers; one of the most popular attractions is the Hole in the Rock, off Cape Brett. You can take a boating trip through the hole in a huge rock outcrop. Here you can also swim with the local common and bottlenose dolphins, or take a diving trip to see the final resting place of the Rainbow Warrior wreck.

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The Old Packhouse Market Fireworks Extravaganza Kerikeri Moondog Blues Paihia New Years Eve Fireworks Melbourne Cup Luncheon
The Old Packhouse Market
The Old Packhouse, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 29 October 2016 to Saturday 1 April 2017
Fireworks Extravaganza Kerikeri
Springbank School, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Saturday 5 November 2016
Moondog Blues
Bay Of Islands Swordfish Club, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Today only at 6:00 p.m.
Paihia New Years Eve Fireworks
Paihia Beach, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 31 December 2016
Melbourne Cup Luncheon
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell, Bay of Islands
Tuesday 1 November 2016

Bay of Islands News

 27 Oct 2016
Prominent Wanaka high country station up for sale
One of the largest freehold high country stations in Wanaka is now for sale, with strong national and international interest expected. Located in a prime position on the outskirts of Wanaka, the 6,639-hectare Lake McKay Station is one of the Southern ...

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