Near the remote northern-most tip of New Zealand’s North Island, the Bay of Islands is considered a favourite holiday destination for both Kiwis and international visitors alike. The Bay enjoys a balmy, sub-tropical climate with high sunshine hours perfect for enjoying the sweeping white sand beaches, and making the most of a myriad of marine activities for which this region is renowned.
Game fishing, nature cruises, sailing, diving and kayaking are all popular pastimes in this picturesque region and there are various townships and villages dotted around Northland, each with their own unique charm. Within a day you can visit the artsy town of Kerikeri to enjoy the up-market laid back lifestyle, nearby Paihia is a bustling hub for many tours and from here you can head off on a nature cruise to swim with the dolphins, take a ferry ride to the romantic town of Russell, or you can indulge in the unique cultural history of New Zealand at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of this proud, bi-cultural nation.
Jacques Cousteau once rated the nearby Poor Knights Islands as one of the best dive sites in the world. There are over 105 diving spots featuring abundant marine life and interesting shipwrecks to discover and explore. The Bay of Islands is also renowned for its fresh seafood with a wide variety of café’s and restaurants in which to sample local cuisine, and there are many vibrant events and festivals held throughout the year. Explore and discover the pristine waters, wildlife and ancient rainforests of this stunning region – where history and natural beauty combine to offer something fun and interesting for everyone!