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Exploring Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands is absolute paradise. It is made up of 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. If you love the ocean and the beach, and everything related to it, then this is the place to be. You can enjoy the islands by hopping on a cruise, a yacht or hiring a sea kayak. Once you’re around Tapeka Point - just north of Russell - you’ll enter a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more.


Accommodations in Bay of Islands

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Sightseeing in Bay of Islands

- Paihia


Paihia is the perfect place to start off your exploration of the Bay of Islands. Visitors will find a wide range of accommodation options and great dining. You can arrange trips right from the wharf to the outer islands. Some of the favorite attractions are to cruise to the 'hole in the rock' at the tip of Cape Brett, finding dolphins (and even swimming with them) and sea kayak tours.


- Kerikeri


Kerikeri is a town full with rich history and culture. This area was the home ground of the Maori chief Hongi Hika, who terrorised many tribes throughout the North Island in the early 1800s. Yet he was kind to missionaries, allowing Samuel Marsden to establish New Zealand's second mission station here. You will find historic buildings, great art galleries and amazing dining options in this town.


Transportation in Bay of Islands

By road, the Bay of Islands is about 3hrs north of Auckland on State Highway 1 which runs into State Highway 11 at Kawakawa. If you prefer to catch a flight, then Air New Zealand offers flights just 45 minutes from Auckland to the local airport. To get around the Bay of Islands, you can choose between ferries, car hire, coach buses and taxi operators.


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