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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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Open Mic - Jam Night Day Cruise In the Bay of Islands Easter Family Fun Day Upsurge Bay of Islands Arts Festival Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands
Open Mic - Jam Night
Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Sunday 31 March 2019 to Sunday 5 May 2019
Day Cruise In the Bay of Islands
The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019
Easter Family Fun Day
Otehei Bay, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 20 April 2019
Upsurge Bay of Islands Arts Festival
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Tuesday 2 April 2019 to Sunday 7 April 2019
Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands
The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Tuesday 9 April 2019

Bay of Islands News

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 13 Feb 2019 
Bay News: Free 'Summer Sounds' concert at Kainui Rd in the Bay of Islands  New Zealand Herald

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