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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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"it!" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey Creative Writing Workshop - From Inspiration To Publication Colour Bonanza Paihia Colour Run Oh What A Night!
"it!" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival
Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 6 October 2018
UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey
Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 26 January 2019
Creative Writing Workshop - From Inspiration To Publication
Biz Space, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Saturday 29 September 2018
Colour Bonanza Paihia Colour Run
Horotutu Park, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 16 March 2019
Oh What A Night!
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Sunday 7 October 2018

Bay of Islands News

 18 Sep 2018 

New Zealand Herald
Northland man in killer typhoon: 'Never heard wind like it'
New Zealand Herald
A Northland man says he's never heard anything like the wind of Typhoon Mangkhut as it battered his new home in Hong Kong over the past few days. Paul Lafotanoa, a former Kerikeri-based NZME sales rep, moved to Hong Kong with his wife Kaiya, the ...
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