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Bay of Islands

Welcome to Bay-of-Islands.NZ.com, 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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Bay of Islands Music Festival Fat Freddy's Drop Tastes of the North - Garden Party! Omata Estate Vineyard - Walk 5
Bay of Islands Music Festival
Waitangi Sports Grounds, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 25 January 2020 to Sunday 26 January 2020
Fat Freddy's Drop
Kainui Road Vineyard, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Monday 30 December 2019
Tastes of the North - Garden Party!
Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 30 November 2019
Omata Estate Vineyard - Walk 5
Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
Today only at 11:00 a.m.
Tuia 250 Open Vessels - Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla
Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 9 November 2019 to Sunday 10 November 2019

The White HouseThe White House - Villa.

Just 100-metres from the Russell waterfront, The White House boasts BBQ facilities. Built in the 1840s, this luxurious...

Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or RussellBay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or Russell - Dolphin & Whale Watching - Bay of Islands. Starting from $122.00 per person.

Marvel as wild dolphins frolic near you during a half-day dolphin-watching cruise in the Bay of Islands. You'll glide...

 

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