Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s great holiday destinations – enjoyed by ‘Kiwis’ and international visitors alike.

This is authentic New Zealand – both stunningly beautiful and historically significant. With a sub-tropical climate, you can enjoy beach and water activities, go exploring one of the many nature walks, swim with dolphins, charter a boat to go fishing or to explore the 144 different islands in our bay. The Bay of Islands was where the first European settlers arrived, and where they forged the first relationships with local Maori – not always a friendly experience! The famous Treaty of Waitangi became the founding document for our new nation, and is celebrated every year at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Each town in the Bay of Islands has its own unique culture and lifestyle – from the more up-market lifestyle focus of Kerikeri, to bustling Paihia with its focus on providing a great visitor experience, to the calming historic atmosphere of Waitangi and the Haruru Falls, and the beautiful and sometimes quirky sea-side town of Russell.

Golf Courses

  • Kauri Cliffs
  • Waitangi
  • Kerikeri
  • Carrington (Far North)

Activity Recommendations

  • Explore the Islands by charter boat.
  • A day trip to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga.
  • A day trip to Hokianga and the Waipoua Kauri Forest.
  • Visit the beautiful town of Russell.
  • Diving, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins.