Best Bay of Islands Activities, Attractions & Restaurants

Welcome to the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a island paradise comprising of 144 Islands and a handful of historic towns. The stunning scenery, golden beaches and fresh seafood make it one of the most prominent tourist destinations in New Zealand. Located just over three hours from Auckland by road, in the ‘winterless north’, the year-round warm weather makes it a popular destination for big-game fishing and water sports from kayaking to parasailing. The Bay of Islands is also home to several historical attractions such as the Mission House and the Waitangi Treaty grounds, the birthplace of the nation. No matter what you’re looking for, adventure, fun or relaxation, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime here.

Fun in the sun with Air New Zealand

The Bay of Islands had an amazing opportunity to work with Air New Zealand on their brand new safety video showing our region, it is a great pleasure to share this video with you.  Enjoy

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Adventure holiday itinerary Bay of Islands

4 day adventure itinerary

Looking for a long weekend to leave you sandy, breathless, excited and wide-eyed? Check out this action filled programme and start packing!

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cultural holiday itinerary Bay of Islands

Cultural itinerary

The Bay of Islands has some of New Zealand’s earliest historic sites. The first capital city of New Zealand was Russell, also known at one point as the Hellhole of the Pacific!

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Relaxation Holiday Itinerary Bay of Islands

3 day relaxation itinerary

If you need a little R&R in beautiful surroundings with top notch food and wine, you’ve come to the right place. Book yourself a long, luxurious weekend in some of the Bay of Islands’ premier destinations and forget the world for a while.

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