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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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Bay of Islands Music Festival Kevin Bloody Wilson “Almost Awesome Tour” Paihia Street Food Markets Hospice Mid-Northland Trivia Nights Whangaroa & Cavalli Islands Dinner Cruise
Bay of Islands Music Festival
Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 31 March 2018
Kevin Bloody Wilson “Almost Awesome Tour”
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Today only at 8:00 p.m.
Paihia Street Food Markets
Horotutu Park, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Thursday 1 March 2018 to Thursday 29 March 2018
Hospice Mid-Northland Trivia Nights
Homestead Tavern, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Whangaroa & Cavalli Islands Dinner Cruise
Paihia Wharf, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Sunday 4 March 2018

Bay of Islands News

 23 Feb 2018 
$17.3m for Northland in economic development hand-out
New Zealand Herald
The Provincial Growth Fund will provide $2.3m to build a tourism hub in the centre of Kawakawa, creating jobs and boosting economic development opportunities. "Kawakawa is the gateway to the Bay of Islands and Far North District and has the potential ...

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Allure LodgeAllure Lodge - Apartment, Cottage, Holiday Home.

Nestled in 3/4 acres of bush-clad hillside, Allure Lodge commands spectacular views over the waterfront, Waitangi &...

Bay of Islands Tour and Swim with Dolphins Cruise (from Auckland)Bay of Islands Tour and Swim with Dolphins Cruise (from Auckland) - Day Tour - Auckland. Starting from NZ $259.00 per adult.

Cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay and swim alongside these amazing creatures in their natural environment.


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