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Welcome to Bay-of-Islands.NZ.com, 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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State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - Bay of Islands Classic NYE Black & Gold Extravaganza with The Reputations New Years Eve Fireworks Extravaganza Bay of Islands Farmers' Market Bay of Islands Farmers' Market
State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - Bay of Islands Classic
Paihia Beach, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Today only at 11:00 a.m.
NYE Black & Gold Extravaganza with The Reputations
Alongside, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Wednesday 31 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January 2015
New Years Eve Fireworks Extravaganza
Paihia, Bay of Islands
Wednesday 31 December 2014
Bay of Islands Farmers' Market
Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Thursday 27 November 2014 to Thursday 4 December 2014
Bay of Islands Farmers' Market
Kerikeri Farmers Market, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Sunday 23 November 2014 to Sunday 7 December 2014

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Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour from Bay of Islands
Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour from Bay of Islands - Day Tour - Starting from $59.00 per person - Bay of Islands.

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