Visit the Bay of Islands, the ‘Birthplace of a Nation’ where in 1840 the founding document of bi-cultural New Zealand was signed – the Treaty of Waitangi. There are many authentic Maori cultural experiences available in this area, many operated by the original descendants of tribal leaders.
The main town is Paihia which is usually packed with holidaymakers over the peak season (Dec-Feb). The small town of Russell, just a short ferry trip from Paihia is known for itss holiday homes and tourist accommodation.
Several islands lie to the north of this Bay of Islands peninsula, notably Urupukapuka and Moturoa Islands. The Cape Brett Lighthouse dominates the Cape Brett Peninsula, and the natural arch of the 'Hole in the Rock' of Piercy Island is a popular boat trip from Paihia.
This region is most popular for its big game fishing, and there are several fishing charter operators available in a number of locations in the region. Sailing is also a popular activity in the area, where you can spend many pristine days visiting the islands throughout the bay. Scenic charter cruises can take you on sightseeing tours to view dolphins and wildlife in their natural habitat.
The Bay of Islands also has fantastic attractions on land if water is not for you. Spend time relaxing on one of the Bay of Islands beautiful secluded beaches, reading a book or taking a stroll. There are also activities such as horse trekking, historical sites and museums, galleries, wine tours, off roading and quad bikes among others.
The Bay of Islands mild climate and white sandy beaches make the Bay of Islands a popular holiday destination for both Kiwi's and international travellers.