Bay of Islands
A marine paradise, the Bay of Islands is an idyllic destination three hours north of Auckland, named by Captain Cook in 1769. With hundreds of kilometres of pristine coastline, over a hundred islands dotting the glittering bays, a voyage of discovery will yield an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, gannets, whales, marlin and much more. Stay in one of the historic towns, including Russell, the first permanent European settlement in NZ & walk the sub-tropical rainforest tracks discovering ancient Kauri trees. Go diving in the marine conservation areas or take a trip to the famous 'Hole in the Rock' on Piercy Island.
Bay of Islands on the map of New Zealand.
Tours in the region (click on a photo to get a tour details):
Swimming with dolpins in Bay of Islands unfortunately is prohibited by NZ Department of Conservation since 2019, but this awesome activity is still available in Akaroa!