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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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UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey "it!" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival Coppelia Sophie Sparrow's Kerikeri Benefit Concert Rotary Book Fair
UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey
Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 26 January 2019
"it!" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival
Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Saturday 6 October 2018
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Wednesday 22 August 2018 to Monday 27 August 2018
Sophie Sparrow's Kerikeri Benefit Concert
Cornerstone Church, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Sunday 22 July 2018
Rotary Book Fair
Bay Sports Stadium, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Friday 3 August 2018 to Saturday 4 August 2018

Bay of Islands News

 14 Jul 2018 

New Zealand Herald
Sleepless night for Whangārei woman after $700000 Lotto Strike win
New Zealand Herald
A sleepless night was in store for a Whangārei woman who won $700,000 on Lotto Strike. The woman struck it lucky after winning $700,000 with Strike Four in last week's Must Be Won draw. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was going about a ...

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