Bay of Islands Region

This is a place of significant natural and cultural heritage so take your pick from a variety of captivating ways to get out and experience it all. Use the Bay of Islands as your base and go north, all the way to the top.

Visit Ninety Mile Beach, the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and browse the Sunday markets at Kerikeri. Above all, explore the beaches and islands. Go diving, sailing and kayaking. Swim with dolphins and cruise through the Hole in the Rock.

Russell Sunset


The legend goes that a Maori chief, wounded in battle asked for some penguin booth to be brought to him. After drinking the broth he said “Ka reka te korora” (how sweet is the penguin).



Paihia is a bustling seaside town right in the heart of the Bay of Islands. A place where the local people enjoy a great lifestyle, and take delight in sharing it with the thousands of visitors who come here each summer.



With 144 islands, each with hidden bays and safe anchorages it will fuel your spirit of adventure. A never ending story of discovery and soon you’ll feel not only at ease but at home.

Haruru Falls

Haruru Falls

Haruru Falls today is a small residential settlement, about three kilometres inland from its larger neighbour, Paihia. But, in the days of early European settlement, it was the scene of many firsts.

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The Waitangi National Trust estate - New Zealand's most historic site as the 'Birthplace of the Nation' is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on the 6th of February 1840.



Kerikeri is in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s own subtropical paradise. Experience the lifestyle – Birds, Beaches, Food, Fishing and really great people.