The Bay of Islands was how Captain Cook described the area two centuries ago, and the simplicity of his name masks the diversity of its charms. Long considered the cradle of Polynesian and European settlement in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is rich in history and natural beauty
|The seaside town of Paihia is the ideal base for exploring the Bay of Islands. Water-based activities are a focus in the Bay of Islands, including sailing, fishing, swimming with dolphins and sea kayaking. Cruises take visitors out and about in the bay, including to the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett.
|Truly one of New Zealand's most historic sites, it’s the place where both Maori and the British Crown joined in signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The Treaty House is located amongst a vast peaceful estate and is a must see for any visitor interested in New Zealand's history and culture.
|Russell is a town of very colourful history and was nicknamed the 'hell-hole of the Pacific' due to the antics of the early whalers and traders. Many of the buildings from this area have been retained and are worth visiting. Russell is only a 20 minute ferry ride from Paihia.
|Kerikeri is a picturesque inlet on the northern extremity of the Bay, set amidst citrus and kiwifruit orchards. The district also bears some important historical buildings and has several craft galleries.