coastline of golden beaches and rocky outcrops circles the stunningly beautiful Bay of
with 150 islands, this bay with its blue-green ocean and abundant wildlife, is renowned as a
maritime adventure playground. Steeped in a rich and colourful history, the Bay
Islands is known as the birthplace of our nation.
Located on the east coast of Northland, the Bay of Islands enjoys a subtropical climate. Known as the ‘winterless north’, and a haven for local and international yachts and big-game fishing launches, the area is enjoyed year-round by locals and both New Zealand and international visitors.
The beauty of the blue-green world of the sea, islands and beaches is a lure to the many
activities of this area. Take a scenic cruise, sea kayak, or deep sea fishing trip,
out for whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and seabirds.
Swim with the local common and bottlenose dolphins. Charter a yacht or join a sailing cruise and sail amongst the islands or just enjoy walking and relaxing in the bush and on the beaches.
This region is also known for world class golf courses, luxury lodges and spas, fine wines and gourmet food, as well as friendly coastal towns with their distinctive local culture of art, creativity, organic farming and alternative thinking.
Paihia, with its shimmering waters and unspoilt beaches, is known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands. It is the base for scenic cruises and aquatic adventure activities in the Bay of Islands and close to the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the spectacular Haruru Falls. Leave from here by ferry to visit the small historical town of Russell, across the bay or take a day trip up to the tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga.