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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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UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands The NZ Queen Tribute Show Bay of Islands Labour Weekend Yoga Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey
Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 26 January 2019
Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands
The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Thursday 18 October 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018
The NZ Queen Tribute Show
The Pioneer Bar & Restaurant, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 27 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018
Bay of Islands Labour Weekend Yoga
Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018
Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Sunday 21 October 2018

Bay of Islands News

 16 Oct 2018 

New Zealand Herald
Letters: Bay of Islands Vintage Steam Railway celebrates 150 years
New Zealand Herald
The BOIVR trustees are pleased that, due to their ongoing dedication, efforts and commitment, they are able to invite the communities of the Bay of Islands, and, indeed the whole of Northland, to help celebrate 150 years since the first railway line ...

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