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 Waiting 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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What's on at the bay
- May 26 - September 2
Photographer Michael Bradley has spent over two years photographing New Zealanders with tā moko using both modern digit...
- August 10 - August 12
The festival - 10th, 11th and 12th August 2018 Every year jazz and blues musicians gather from all over New Zealand and ...
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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.