The Bay of Islands, the gem stone in our tiara. Sea fishing, remarkable marine life along with the

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Visit the Bay of Islands New Zealand on your next holiday



About half way up the Northlands of New Zealand, there is a cluster of islands called the Bay of Islands. The bay itself is a stunning 16km length of calm blue-green sea, sand and rock that surrounds a collection of islands filled with opportunities for interesting activities. Kerikeri, Paihia and Russell are but three of the towns that have come to life as a result of the tourist masses who come to take advantage of the wonderful weather and water sports. Many set up camp (literally) at the popular inlets created by the tide like Waikere and Te Puna.



Bay of Islands Activities



There are over one hundred islands that make up the Bay of Islands and each one is a little jewel in the Bay's crown. Year after year, 1000s of tourists (and locals for that matter) get into the water and go off to take a look around the islands. Some of the islands are large enough for vessels or cruise boats to drop an anchor but many aren't. So what do you do? You don a snorkel, get into your kayak and go explore. While you're exploring why not double up with some cool on-the-water activitites? The Bay is renowned for its sailing and sea fishing. So, if you are looking to snag some huge Snapper or tour around on your own yaught, then you've come to the right place.



Take a walk on land



It's not all water, water, water at the Bay of Islands. No no. If shopping, walks, hikes, wine tours and bike rides are more your cup of tea, then you'll be happy to hear there's plenty of those types of activities to do as well.



Take a guided tour through the rich history of the Bay of Islands region and learn about the ways of indigenous Maori people (before all hell broke loose when the European settlers arrived). You can take it all in in a single afternoon and it really is a good way to learn about the area (great for families).



If you like both shopping AND history, you will love the area. Take in the local tours while popping into numerous boutique stores and markets. Bliss.

Food and drink on the menu?



Whether you're into your farmers' markets or are more of a Nosh-erite, you'll be able to find and savour the best of the region's chocolate, cheese and wine. Trust us, you won't be disappointed.



The cheese and chocolate in the area are delicious. FYI number 2: The area was home to the first grapes to arrive in New Zealand, and you will find some delightful wineries worth visiting in the area. You can also find tours to take you there as well, if you don't fancy driving.



Ther amount of things to do in the Bay of Islands area is frankly mind boggling - you could literally spend a eyar here and still not get bored After reading my little write up, you shouldn't be too surprised to hear that the lovely little 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands are one of the largest draws in the North Island - and for good reason! This place will satisfy all keen island explorers, discerning wine sippers, hardened sea fishermen (and women), sailing enthusiasts, cruising fanatics, history buffs and shopping fans alike.



Have your next holiday at the Bay of Islands



If you've made it this far, you must be desperate to go to the Bay of Islands - New Zealand's North Island Jewel. Pay us a visit sometime soon.


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