About Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands, due to it’s northern location and aspect, is often referred to as New Zealand’s subtropical region. It is framed by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other. The jewel in the crown is The Bay of Islands with 144 islands and is sprinkled with stunning beaches. Here you will also find the colonial-era town of Russell and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a historic Maori site representing a significant part of New Zealand history.
Ninety Mile Beach, which stretches along the west coast toward Cape Reinga, is known for its sandboarding dunes and fishing spots.
There are almost endless beaches and coastal reserves throughout the region. Some of these stunning beaches are unpopulated at any time of the year and are among the best in New Zealand for swimming, surfing and luscious white sands. No matter where you go in the Bay of Islands, you are actually never more than 40 km’s from the coast!
At the bottom of 90 Mile Beach you will find Ahipara Bay (boasting one of the best left hand surf breaks in the world).
If you are visiting the Bay of Islands on a cruise ship, there are many Shore Excursions to choose from.
Discover and book activities in the Bay of Islands . . .
Boogie boarding, surfing and beach horse trekking:
Visit Mangawhai and the Bream Bay Coast for boogie boarding and surfing on the longest stretch of surf beaches you will find and try a beach horse trek at fabulous Pakiri Beach.
Diving, kayaking and big game fishing:
For great diving, snorkelling and kayaking adventures, visit Tutukaka. The Poor Knights Islands, a wildlife marine reserve above the water and a marine reserve below, is one of the best diving spots in the southern hemisphere.
Another great spot for diving is Matauri Bay – the final resting place of the Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, and where you can dive the wreck.
Sea kayaking is popular throughout the region with the tranquil crystal clear waters attracting kayakers of all abilities.
The coastal waters of the Bay of Islands boast some of the best big game fishing opportunities in the world and include a few World Game trophy records. Big game and line fishing trips leave from Tutukaka wharf where you can join an organised departure or charter a boat and skipper for your own customised adventure.
Swim with Dolphins:
The Bay of Islands has the warmest waters in New Zealand, which makes this the ideal place for swimming with dolphins.
Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Tour:
Travel to the top of the North Island – Cape Reinga via 90 mile beach.
Hole in the Rock / Dolphin cruise:
Visit the spectacular ‘Hole in the Rock‘ on a cruise departing from Paihia. Some of the cruises include Dolphin spotting and other marine wildlife encounters en-route.
Kauri Cliffs Golf Club and Lodge:
Play golf at Kauri Cliffs Golf Club (one of the world’s top courses) or chill out and be pampered at the luxurious Kauri Cliffs Lodge.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursions in the Bay of Islands:
Choose from a variety of Shore Excursions specifically designed and created for cruise ship passengers visiting the Bay of Islands.
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