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Bay of Islands Destinations

The subtropical beauty of The Bay of Islands NZ is an extremely popular holiday destination. It's known for its stunning coastal scenery and wildlife; its warm waters, sandy beaches and beautiful islands.

The Bay of Islands is the perfect central base for you to explore the rest of the region: west to the Hokianga, north to the Cape and south towards the Tutukaka Coast. Obviously, we're biased - we love the Bay of Islands. But that's not to say that we don't cherish trips to some of the stunning beaches and harbours scattered around Northland's coast. In fact, that's partly why we love it here!

Cape Reinga

In Maori tradition, Cape Reinga is regarded as the departure place for the spirits of the recently deceased

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Hokianga

The Hokianga is also known as 'Te Kohanga o Te Tai Tokerau', which means “the nest of the northern tribes” – most Maori can trace their ancestry back and find their seat here at the Hokianga Harbour.

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri is the business centre and biggest township in the Bay of Islands, known for its boutique shopping and relaxed atmosphere.

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Opua

If you are travelling by boat, the chances are that Opua will be your first port of call in New Zealand.

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Paihia

Rich in culture, history and natural resources, Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafes and people enjoying life whether it is swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy

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Russell

Russell has a picturesque village atmosphere and is rich in history; it’s like stepping back into a more tranquil, less-traffic laden time.

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Tutukaka

The Tutukaka Coast lies to the south of the Bay of Islands; by boat past Cape Brett and the lovely Whangamumu Harbour - a stunning sailing passage.

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Waitangi

Waitangi is only a 20 minute walk from Paihia along the beach heading north. As you cross the single-lane bridge you step into another world...

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Whangarei

In Whangarei you get the best of both worlds, urban and rural. This lively harbour-side city offers great shopping, arts and culture.

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