The Bay of Islands is an elegant, vast and stunning district on the beautiful east coast of Northland, New Zealand. The 144 subtropical islands are centred around the main hub of PaihiaOpua and Waitangi, our nation’s birthplace. Where you can find most of the water-based activities of the area. Go out on a cruise to check out the wildlife or the breathtaking scenery. Go swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing. Across the water from Paihia is Russell, the first capital of New Zealand which is surrounded by history. Inland are the towns of KerikeriKawakawa and Kaikohe where there are heaps of natural features, historical sites and great food to experience, not to mention the array of award-winning wineries to indulge in.

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What's on at the bay

  • Spring MTB XC Series

    27 October 2023 - 15 December 2023

    As the warmer weather approaches, Paihia Mountain Bikes is thrilled to announce the – at the stunning Waitangi Mou...

  • Cinema Kororareka

    1 December 2023 - 22 January 2024

    Cinema Kororareka Russell Town Hall  We’ve a great lineup of highly rated films for your fun and entertainment at...

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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!

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!

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.