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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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Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail (KOAST) Bay of Islands Labour Weekend Yoga Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands
Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Today only at 10:00 a.m.
UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey
Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 26 January 2019
Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail (KOAST)
Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Today to Monday 22 October 2018
Bay of Islands Labour Weekend Yoga
Paihia, Bay of Islands
Today only at 4:00 p.m.
Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands
The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Thursday 25 October 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018

Bay of Islands News

 20 Oct 2018 

New Zealand Herald
Kerikeri International Piano Competition's future uncertain
New Zealand Herald
Kerikeri's long-running International Piano Competition may have to fold or move to a bigger centre as the event outgrows the ability of the Bay of Islands' town to host it. When the event was held at the Turner Centre in September it attracted more ...

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