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Visit the Bay of Islands New Zealand on your next holiday

If you are looking for a scenic spot to slake your thirst for water activities, look no further than the Bay of Islands New Zealand. The Bay is a gorgeous collection of islands that cluster around the sixteen kilometer stretch of beach and tranquil green ocean. There is no shortage of things to do in the Bay - every single day can be filled with water sports, fishing, diving, sailing - if it can be done on water, you can do it here. The bay has multiple arms that extend into the land, forming notable inlets such as Waikare and Te Puna. Towns are also distributed along the bay, and some popular ones include Paihia, Russell and KeriKeri.

Water Sports, Fishing, Sailing, Sunbathing...we've got it all

If you tried to explore all of the islands in one trip, you'd be here for a long time! There are 144 islands (some accessible only at low tide or by Kayak!). Some of the most enjoyable ways to explore (and (get to in some cases) the islands is by strapping on a snorkel, jumping in a kayak or going for a swim. When we say that some of these islands are small and out of the way, we mean it! Into your fishing? Well, the Bay of Islands is known world-wide for its big game fishing (that's the BIG fish to you an I). It's also incredibly popular for sailing (as you can imagine); sit back on the deck of your chartered vessel and take in the rays (maybe do some fishing at the same time?).

Land based activities

When you've had your fill of diving, snorkelling, fishing and cruising (or maybe you just want to take a break), you can come ashore and get involved in the plethora of land-based activities to be enjoyed at the Bay of Islands. We've got wine tours, bars, restaurants, guided walks and hikes, cycling tours, hostorical name it, we have it.

The history of the area is worth its own mention here: the Bay of Islands had, at one time, the largest population of the indigenous people of New Zealand (the Maori). This was during the 18th and 19th century before European settlers began to arrive in the area and shake things up. Unsurprisingly, a great deal of conflict errupted in the area ultimately leading to a shift in the balance of power and the makeup of the dominant population. There are plenty of tours and guides available in the area that can take you through this fascinating recent history.

If history is not your thing, but shopping is, there are plenty of options for you.

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 chocolate is to die for and the cheese will make you wish you had never watched that documentary about dairy intolerance. FYI number 2: Not only was the Bay of Islands the first place that grapes took to the vine in New Zealand, there's also a delightful winery tour (several actually) that you can go on (hic!).

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 It's little surprise that the area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand - and a good job as well! The Bay and it's 144 islands has got it all whether you're a keen angler, avid explorer, historian, shopaholic or wine connesieur.

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. Pack your swimming trunks and we'll see you soon.

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