The Bay of Islands is a subtropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, water activities, beauty and history. The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's great holiday destinations.
A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands and is historically significant being where the first European settlers arrived in New Zealand.
The Bay of Islands is a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more. Many of the islands here have walking tracks.
A choice of tour operators in the region offer excellent tours and trips around the area. There are many small towns throughout the Bay of Islands with great restaurants, bars, arts and crafts and entertainment.