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  • Urapukapuka Island
  • The seaside town of Russell is one of the most popular destinations and a great inclusion on any New Zealand vacation.
  • Sunset in the beautiful Bay of Islands is a great photo opportunity on all New Zealand tours.
  • Urupukapuka Island is the largest island in the Bay of Islands
  • More than 140 islands make up the The Bay of Islands region
  • Maori culture is very prevalent in the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands region is located on the east coast of the North Island, 60 kilometres/36 miles north of Whangarei and is a very popular tourist region catering to those interested in sailing, fishing or just enjoying the scenery on a New Zealand vacation. There is an abundance of natural beauty and marine life with 150 islands in total.

Most visitors on New Zealand tours use Paihia as a starting point as it has a range of accommodation, restaurants and other facilities. Its other assets are safe waters and superb beaches.
Nearby, within walking distance is Waitangi where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Maoris and Europeans in 1840. This historic site located on a vast peaceful estate offers conducted tours of the site as well as the Treaty House.

Opua has sandy beaches ideal for swimming and is also a sailboat centre. The island resort of Russell can be reached by car ferry.

Russell, also easily reached by ferry from Paihia, is possibly the most attractive of all the Bay of Islands destinations. It is a historic centre and offers great panoramic views from the top of the hills behind the town.

For the active visitor, on a New Zealand vacation, skydiving, parasailing, scuba diving and kayaking are readily available in the Bay of Islands.

 


 

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Bay of Islands

  • 13 Day Australia & New Zealand Cruise: Auckland to Sydney

    Escape on a New Zealand cruise from Auckland to Sydney. Begin on the North Island with its abundance of geothermal areas and Maori history before passing onto the South Island to cruise fjords and tour vineyards before closing out your vacation in Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Auckland to Bay of Islands including Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Head from Auckland to the Bay of Islands for a full-day tour, passing over the Harbour Bridge as you journey north along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop off to admire mighty Kauri trees along the way before reaching the Bay of Islands and visiting the Waitangi Treaty House.
    Duration:
    5.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Auckland: Discover the Bay including a Swim with the Dolphins

    Take a cruise across the Bay of Islands and discover the Hibiscus Coast with this full-day tour. In addition to visiting these gorgeous maritime parks, you’ll have the chance to swim alongside dolphins in their natural habitat.
    Duration:
    12 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Auckland: Discover the Bay with Cape Brett Full Day Tour

    Discover the incredible Bay of Islands on this cruise to Cape Brett. First, travel the Hibiscus Coast to see picturesque beaches and native forests. After arriving at the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, head out onto the water to cruise through the Hole in the Rock and experience the beauty of the bay firsthand.
    Duration:
    12 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Bay of Islands Self Drive

    Drive north from Auckland to beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy some leisure time and get to know the area before visiting the superb beaches of Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 390
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
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  • Grand Kiwi: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

    From the white sands of Bay of Islands to the lush forests and breathtaking glaciers of Franz Josef, New Zealand was the backdrop of “Middle Earth” and there is no country quite like it.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,688
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Single Friendly
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  • Great Northerner – Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation: Auckland to Wellington

    Take a New Zealand vacation that introduces you to the natural wonders and Maori culture of the North Island. Get acquainted with the country in picturesque Auckland before touring the ancient Maori sites of the Bay of Islands and Rotorua and closing out your trip in Windy Welly.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,653
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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  • Live Like A Local: Bay of Plenty

    A travel highlight for most Globetrotters is to mingle and interact with locals. But to actually live amongst them, even for just a short time, is an experience of a life time.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,384
    Trip Type:
    Snowbird Long Stays, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • North Island Explorer

    Explore the highlights of the North Island on this interactive New Zealand vacation. Travelling from the twin harbours of Auckland to the historical sites of the Bay of Plenty to the Maori and geothermal centre of Rotorua, you’ll get a taste of this country’s mixture of fascinating culture and natural marvels.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,699
    Trip Type:
    Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Northern Explorer: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

    This eight day journey takes you from Auckland to Wellington. In Rotorua, you’ll have the rare chance to stay overnight at a Maori Marae – a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 961
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Single Friendly
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  • Northern Explorer: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    Experience the best of New Zealand’s North Island including the Bay of Islands and Rotorua.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,595
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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  • Paihia: Cape Reinga Full Day Tour

    Experience the wonders of the north on this tour of Cape Reigna. On this guided tour, you’ll walk the boardwalk through Puketi Kauri Forest, enjoy panoramic views of the coast at the lighthouse at Ninety Mile Beach, and visit the picturesque village of Mangonui to get in touch with local culture.
    Duration:
    11 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Paihia: Hole in the Rock Cruise

    Take a luxury catamaran out onto the water at Russell to experience a bit of New Zealand’s earliest European history. As you cruise the bay, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Motukokako Islands, explore the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett, and learn about the country’s first encounters between the British and Maori.
    Duration:
    3 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Russell: Russell Mini Tour

    Board a mini-bus to see the sights of Russell that aren’t easily accessed on your own. On this mini tour you’ll visit Pompallier, Christ Church, and the Maritime Park Visitor Centre as well as enjoy fabulous views from Flagstaff Hill.
    Duration:
    1 Hour
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • The Long White Cloud

    Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of fellow explorers. Combine natural beauty with creative comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mount Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the far south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.
    Duration:
    22 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,102
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • The Rock Classic Overnight Adventure Cruise

    The Rock Classic Overnight Cruise is a tour of the Bay of Islands with loads of fun activities like target shooting, dusk fishing, night kayaking, snorkeling, island exploring, informative chats with a knowledgeable crew and more. Accommodation is in shared dorms or private cabins - all with shared bathroom facilities, all activities, BBQ buffet dinner, breakfast and a packed lunch is included.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 186
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Value Bay of Islands

    The Bay of Islands, known for its stunning beauty and history, is just a three hour drive north of Auckland. Drive along Ninety Mile Beach, visit Cape Reinga, and cruise the bay by catamaran.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 436
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • Waitangi - Te Hoenga Waka plus Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Join the Ngapuhi tribe to learn about Maori culture and experience a day of ancient customs, rituals, and traditions. On this Maori cultural experience, you'll paddle a Waka Taua (war canoe) on the Waitangi River and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the British and Maori signed their treaty.
    Duration:
    3 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
    New Zealand See Trip Details
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