The Bay of Islands is a sub-tropical micro region known for its astonishing beauty and history. It encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Penisula and is home to some charming coastal towns from Russell to Paihia.
You will discover golden sands fringed by native trees, clear blue waters and sheltered coves. The area’s well known for its beaches, yachting, big game fishing, marine life spotting, cycling and heritage walking trails. Just North of Paihia you can visit the treaty house at Waitangi Treaty Ground’s which marks the beginnings of New Zealand as a nation. You can stop in Russell for an excellent fish and chips and swim in Kororareka Bay whilst at Eagles Nest. Experience the pink sands of Matauri Bay at Kauri Cliffs or head to Oke Bay, where pods of dolphins are frequent visitors.
For the even more adventurous, there’s skydiving, water skiing and scuba diving. Golf can also be arranged at Waitangi or the internationally acclaimed Kauri Cliffs.
The Bay of Islands is just three hours north by car from Auckland or 35 minutes by plane from Auckland to Keri Keri.
As a family, travel along 90 mile beach, head to Cape Reinga to enjoy the Te Paki sand dines on sand boards.