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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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Festival Funk with the Funky North NYE Black & Gold Extravaganza with The Reputations 1st Annual Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - Bay of Islands Classic
"it!" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival
Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 25 October 2014
Festival Funk with the Funky North
Alongside, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 25 October 2014 to Sunday 26 October 2014
NYE Black & Gold Extravaganza with The Reputations
Alongside, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Wednesday 31 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January 2015
1st Annual Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail
The Old Packhouse, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 25 October 2014 to Monday 27 October 2014
State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - Bay of Islands Classic
Paihia Beach, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 22 November 2014

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