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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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Tiki Taane, Ria Hall & Laughton Kora Heaven and Earth - Rangi and Papa Photographic Exhibition: Puaki Penny Royal Tea Car Boot Sale
Tiki Taane, Ria Hall & Laughton Kora
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Friday 15 June 2018
Heaven and Earth - Rangi and Papa
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Thursday 7 June 2018 to Friday 8 June 2018
Photographic Exhibition: Puaki
Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 26 May 2018
Penny Royal Tea
Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 26 May 2018
Car Boot Sale
Cornerstone - Whare Karakia o Manako, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 26 May 2018 to Saturday 22 December 2018

Bay of Islands News

 23 May 2018 
Bay News Bites: Maori weapon carved by Kerikeri firefighters presented as Sky Tower Stair Challenge Community ...
New Zealand Herald
Kiwi enthusiasts or amateur ornithologists are being reminded to pencil in kiwi listening workshops later this month in the Bay of Islands. Department of Conservation Kerikeri is running two free kiwi listening workshops in the lead-up to the annual ...

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