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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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Ladi6 Outta Time with Parks & Dylan C The NZ Queen Tribute Show Sons of Zion - Vantage Point NZ Tour It's Showtime - Magic & Illusion Spectacular Edible Paradise - Film Screening
Ladi6 Outta Time with Parks & Dylan C
The Duke of Marlborough Tavern, Russell, Bay of Islands
Saturday 30 June 2018
The NZ Queen Tribute Show
The Pioneer Bar & Restaurant, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 27 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018
Sons of Zion - Vantage Point NZ Tour
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Saturday 1 September 2018
It's Showtime - Magic & Illusion Spectacular
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Friday 22 June 2018
Edible Paradise - Film Screening
Cornerstone - Whare Karakia o Manako, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Saturday 30 June 2018

Bay of Islands News

 16 Jun 2018 
Northland news in brief, Rachel Ward new editor of Northern Advocate
New Zealand Herald
A plan to record the oral history of a Bay of Islands hapu has received $3000 from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage's Oral History Awards 2018. Robert Willoughby has received one of 11 grants from the awards, getting $3000 for a project to record ...

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