Bay of Islands

View from Motukiekie Island, Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is an historic area and very popular tourist destination in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand.


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This region of New Zealand is rich in history and a fantastic example of why New Zealand has much to offer the traveller. This area of New Zealand is where the first missionaries settled in the early nineteenth century.

Get in

By car

State Highway 1 from Whangarei and Auckland runs through Kawakawa on its way to Kaitaia.

By bus

GreatSights New Zealand operate daily sightseeing tours from Auckland. Tours can be completed in one day, including a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Fullers GreatSights Dolphin Watching Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous "Hole in the Rock".

InterCity Coachlines operates a number of daily coach departures to the Bay of Islands and other Northland destinations. Fares start from $1 plus booking fee.

Other excursions including accommodation, food, travel and activities can be purchased from major New Zealand tour companies such as Kiwi Experience.

By plane

Bay of Islands Airport at Kerikeri has scheduled flights several times a day from Auckland Airport and North Shore Aerodrome. Flights take 45 minutes.

Get around

A number of boat operators run regular ferries between Paihia Wharf and Russell. Tickets can be purchased on-board and cost around $6 each way or $10 return.


Kauri dieback disease has not reached Puketi forest yet.


Dolphin watchers view an orca near Paihia

The area has a huge number of activities, from lounging on boats cruising around the islands, to scenic helicopter or fixed wing flights. Many of the activities are focused on or in the water. If you fancy kayaking, try Island Kayaks in Paihia.

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