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Bay of Islands

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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Bay of Islands Music Festival Paihia Street Food Markets Cori Gonzalez-Macuer - Kerikeri The Sundowner Sessions No-Limit - Northern Beat
Bay of Islands Music Festival
Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 31 March 2018
Paihia Street Food Markets
Horotutu Park, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Thursday 22 February 2018 to Thursday 29 March 2018
Cori Gonzalez-Macuer - Kerikeri
The Pioneer Bar & Restaurant, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Saturday 10 March 2018
The Sundowner Sessions
Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Friday 23 February 2018 to Friday 30 March 2018
No-Limit - Northern Beat
Sandpit Poolroom and Bar, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 28 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018

Bay of Islands News

 15 Feb 2018 
Bream Bay community news: Surf success for Waipu
New Zealand Herald
NORTHERN ADVOCATE · Poor weather hampers tournament. 15 Feb, 2018 12:50pm; 2 minutes to read. Gwen Lawson looks at the upcoming weekend of bowls. Cruise ship Ovation of the Seas brings hundreds of visitors to the Bay of Islands whenever · NORTHERN ...

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