Bay of Islands

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Bay of Islands

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As one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations, the unbelievable natural beauty and 144 islands makes for an idyllic aquatic playground.


To the north of the Bay of Islands lies the spectacular Whangaroa Harbour, a jewel in the crown of beautiful bays that encircle the surrounding coastline.


If you love history, nature, niche food products, boutique vineyards, art galleries, cafes and crafts, you will love Kerikeri. (pictured: Stone Store)

Haruru Falls

Haruru means ‘big noise’: a good indication that these unusual, horseshoe-shaped waterfalls are worth seeing. You can drive, walk or kayak from Paihia.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the scene of the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. You’ll see the Treaty House, and one of the largest Maori waka (war canoe) in NZ.

Paihia, Bay of Islands

Paihia is the place of friendly locals, cafés and people enjoying life. Whether it is swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy or laze under a tree.


The elegant town of Russell, with over 200 years of stories to discover! Full of history, cafés, restaurants, galleries and colonial architecture'll love it.

Islands of the Bay of Islands

Most of the islands in the Bay of Islands are classified as recreation reserves. There are campgrounds to stay at, or enjoy daytrips.

Opua (Port)

Opua is an attractive port settlement with a marina, marine service industries, yachts for charter, chandlery, cafe, store, accommodation and a car ferry service to Russell.


Kawakawa is the gateway to the Bay of Islands, and home to the famous Hundertwasser-designed public toilets - a definite must on your itinerary.


Kaikohe is the 'Hub of the North' that joins the Bay of Islands & Hokianga. It's a service town which is off the beaten track but full of great surprises.