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The Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand, combining great outdoor experiences with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites. Cruise from Auckland, or start your holiday in Paihia, the hub of the Bay of Islands, where many tours by both land and sea begin.

The Bay of Islands was the site at which the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers took place. Visit Waitangi to see the treaty house, where New Zealand’s founding document was signed by Maori and Pakeha leaders. Russell, once the rowdy and bustling capital of New Zealand, today maintains a lively and casual island feel due to its isolation from the mainland. From here walk north to Flagstaff Hill, a reserve that was once the scene of a historic confrontation between Maori leader Hone Heke and the British Colonials. The flag pole flying the Union Jack was severed four times before war settled the dispute. Kerikeri, the earliest permanent settlement in New Zealand, houses some of the country’s oldest buildings, bush walks, arts and crafts and local cuisine.

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Paihia Wharf

As well as the peace and relaxation of the beaches and fishing and sailing opportunities, the Bay of Islands provides for the thrill seekers; one of the most popular attractions is the Hole in the Rock, off Cape Brett. You can take a boating trip through the hole in a huge rock outcrop. Here you can also swim with the local common and bottlenose dolphins, or take a diving trip to see the final resting place of the Rainbow Warrior wreck.

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Fourth Annual Tohunga Tumau: Puanga Matariki Dinner Straitmen: The Dire Strait's Tribute Brew of Islands Beer Festival 2024 Puanga Matariki Dawn Cruise Waitangi Treaty Grounds Free Open Day
Fourth Annual Tohunga Tumau: Puanga Matariki Dinner
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell, Bay of Islands
From Saturday 6 July 2024 to Sunday 7 July 2024
Straitmen: The Dire Strait's Tribute
The Pioneer Restaurant and Bar, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Saturday 25 May 2024
Brew of Islands Beer Festival 2024
Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
From Friday 26 July 2024 to Saturday 27 July 2024
Puanga Matariki Dawn Cruise
Paihia Wharf, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Friday 28 June 2024
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Free Open Day
Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Sunday 30 June 2024

Allegra HouseAllegra House - Bed and Breakfast.

Allegra House is located up a hill from the centre of Paihia, where you will find a range of shops, restaurants and the...

Full Day Sailing in the Bay of IslandsFull Day Sailing in the Bay of Islands - Sightseeing Cruise - Russell. Starting from $120.00 per person.

Hop aboard Vigilant and enjoy a beautiful day sailing in the Bay of Islands. We only take 10 passengers, the small...


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