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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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Featured Events

Salsa On the Seaside Paihia Street Food Markets Moa Brewing Co Beer Tasting Music In the Park The Hangover Sessions
Salsa On the Seaside
Alongside, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Monday 29 January 2018
Paihia Street Food Markets
Horotutu Park, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Thursday 25 January 2018 to Thursday 29 March 2018
Moa Brewing Co Beer Tasting
Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Music In the Park
Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Tuesday 13 February 2018
The Hangover Sessions
Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 27 January 2018 to Saturday 24 February 2018

Bay of Islands News

 18 Jan 2018 

New Zealand Herald
Teeth like sandpaper: Northland boy recounts eel bite
New Zealand Herald
A 5-year-old Northland boy has a camping tale like few others to tell when he starts school in a week and a half. Aron Hugo was bitten by an eel while playing in a shallow stream on a friend's farm in Tangiteroria. He and his dad S.J. were on the farm ...

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