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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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Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Wednesday 5 April 2017 to Sunday 9 April 2017
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Thursday 11 May 2017
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Sunday 4 June 2017
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 8 April 2017

Bay of Islands News

 27 Mar 2017 

Taranaki Daily News
The Big Read: What happened to Kim Bambus at Piha?
New Zealand Herald
Friends searching this morning said Bambus, who moved to Auckland about four years ago from the Bay of Islands, was familiar with the area and may have run the track as little as 10 days ago. The police Eagle Helicopter helped search for Bambus off the ...
Police have 'concerns' in search for jogger missing at
Piha search continues for missing womanOtago Daily Times
Eagle helicopter flies over Piha in search of missing joggerTaranaki Daily News

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