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In a country famous for pristine natural wonders, the Bay of Islands region of New Zealand may take the cake. Desirable as a hub of outdoor recreation and adventure sports, the area in the Northland region of the North Island has been one of the premier destinations in New Zealand for decades.

Fortuitous geography is what first drew people to the Bay of Islands. The natural harbor and inlet was the first place of settlement for Europeans in the very early 19th century. As a result, towns like Russell, Paihia and Kerikeri have peerless historical importance and contain many heritage landmarks that date back to the very foundation of New Zealand as a nation. Outdoor recreation however, is what draws most people to the region. For one, the Bay of Islands is a world class destination for big-game fish and as a result, the area is rife with boat charters. In recent years, golf has become a popular draw as well, with many beautiful courses in the area.

Hole in the Rock/

Russell

The Stone Store

Waimate Mission

Puketi Forest

Restaurants

  • Fishlione Cafe
  • Nine
  • 35 South
  • Marsden Estate
  • Cottle Hill Winery

Nightlife

  • Sugar lioat
  • Russell Puli
  • Mako lieach liar
  • Cruza liar
  • Salt lirasserie

The Bay of Islands has a mild climate, with steady temperatures between 8°C and 22°C and heavy rain from April to October.


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Bay of Islands official guide

In a country famous for pristine natural wonders, the Bay of Islands region of New Zealand may take the cake. Desirable as a hub of outdoor recreation and adventure sports, the area in the Northland region of the North Island has been one of the premier destinations in New Zealand for decades.

Fortuitous geography is what first drew people to the Bay of Islands. The natural harbor and inlet was the first place of settlement for Europeans in the very early 19th century. As a result, towns like Russell, Paihia and Kerikeri have peerless historical importance and contain many heritage landmarks that date back to the very foundation of New Zealand as a nation. Outdoor recreation however, is what draws most people to the region. For one, the Bay of Islands is a world class destination for big-game fish and as a result, the area is rife with boat charters. In recent years, golf has become a popular draw as well, with many beautiful courses in the area.

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Blessed Bay Of Islands

One of the top tourist draw cards in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands near the tip of the North Island has an undeniable allure with its turquoise waters and lingering sunshine. Although best experienced atop (or beneath) the water, the Bay of Islands is bursting with cultural and historical significance that will keep you fascinated until your reluctant journey home.

 

What better way to explore the lush waters around the Bay of Islands than by sailing on a tall ship – the R. Tucker Thompson, for example? Check out a fantastic replica of what a traditional Maori fishing village would have looked like in Rewa’s Village, or just soak up some of New Zealand’s colonial history at the Russell Museum.

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10. Cottle Hill Winery Sip your way through some of the finest wines in NZ, and pick up a bottle (or three) for the rest of your trip. 5. St Paul’s Church Built from Kawakawa stone, the definite highlight of this church is the spectacularly vibrant stained-glass windows.
9. Haruru Falls Wonderful by day, but even better at night. Sit on the boardwalk and watch the beautiful falls light up. 4. Waitangi Treaty Grounds The birthplace of modern New Zealand. Feel the history in the place where peace was agreed between the British and the Maori.
8. Entrance Gallery This gallery in Russell has shown work by local artists since the late 1980s. If you’re lucky, you may even pick up a bargain. 3. Pompallier Originally built in 1842, this former printing press produced over 40,000 books in Maori.
7. Bay of Islands Farmers Market Meander through these markets for some of the freshest produce the region has to offer. 2. Christ Church No, not the city. This charming church in Russell is the oldest in the country – the musket holes from the Northland War and attached 19th century graveyard are both beautiful and haunting.
6. Stone Store Although livestock is no longer an acceptable mode of currency, you can still browse around the oldest stone building in New Zealand. 1. Hole in the Rock Take a speedboat out past the stunning coastline to a monumental rock formation protruding from the sea – if the conditions are good you can even zip straight through the hole in the middle!

Bay Of Islands Events

Celebrate the founding of New Zealand with a day off in the sunshine for Waitangi Day in February.

For some sultry jazz, make sure you’re in the Bay of Islands in August for the Jazz and Blues Festival.

To try some of Russell’s most renowned delicacies, Kororāreka Oysters, don’t miss the annual (and delicious) Russell Oyster Festival in September.

To get away with gorging yourself on some of the finest local produce, make sure you’re in town for the Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival in October.

When To Go

  • For the sun beating down on your face as you bake on the Bay, Christmas time is your best bet.
  • Winter in the Bay of Islands is usually pretty mild, so conditions are still good for outdoor exploration.
  • Autumn is an excellent middle ground, with not much rain and warm temps.

Visit our partner page Bay of Islands hotels by Hotel.com.au

Getting Around

  • The townships of Paihia and Russell are small and easily explored on foot.
  • Taxis are available around the waterfront and are a good option for short journeys.
  • The best way to get around is to hire a car and explore the beautiful region at your leisure.


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Sea Spray Suites Heritage Boutique Collection
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4.4
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138 Marsden Road Paihia Bay Of Island 0200

Sanctified with crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, the Sea Spray Suites Heritage Boutique Collection offers... More hotel details

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Swiss Chalet Motel
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3 Bayview Road Paihia Bay of Islands 0200

An ideal residence for your ultimate relaxation, the Swiss Chalet Motel offers the most memorable experience of a life... More hotel details

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Kerikeri Homestead Motel
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5.0
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17 Homestead Road Kerikeri 0230

Get ready to experience the warmth and elegance of the Kerikeri Homestead Motel, which is a welcome embrace for weary ... More hotel details

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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
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3.9
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58 Seaview Road Paihia Bay of Islands 0200

If you are looking for an ideal holiday destination in Bay of Islands, the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is a perfect pl... More hotel details

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Aarangi Tui Motel
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4.7
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16 Williams Road Paihia Bay of Islands 0200

Blending quality accommodation and friendly service, Aarangi Tui Motel is an ideal choice for guests visiting Paihia f... More hotel details

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Tanoa Paihia Hotel
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3.6
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5 Joyces Road Paihia Bay Of Islands 0200

Enjoy your Bay of Islands holiday by choosing to stay in the relaxed and tranquil atmosphere of the Hotel Paihia... More hotel details

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Averill Court Motel Paihia
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4.9
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62 Seaview Road Paihia Bay Of Islands, Paihia 0200

Averill Court is a spacious self-contained 4-star Qualmark-rated accommodation with resort-style facilities, 1-minutes... More hotel details

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Bay Sands Seafront Studios
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136 Marsden Road Paihia Bay of Islands 0200

Outdoorsy travellers and nature lovers looking to experience the local flora and fauna of Paihia, find suitable base i... More hotel details

Anchorage Motel

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Anchorage Motel
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2 Marsden Road Paihia Bay Of Islands 0200

Anchorage Motel Bay Of Islands is perfectly situated on the waterfront overlooking the beach. The property offers qual... More hotel details

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The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection
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4.9
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100 Marsden Road Paihia Bay Of Islands 0252

A modern complex facing the sea, The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection offers discerning travellers lux... More hotel details

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