Bay of Islands, North Island

In the Bay of Islands you can find thrilling adventure or perfect peace.

The unbelievable natural beauty, amazing beaches and a host of islands make for an idyllic aquatic playground and ultimate retreat.

The townships of this historic bay are infused with both Maori and European history. On the left is the oldest stone buidling in New Zealand, the storehouse at KeriKeri (built in 1832–36 by missionaries).

In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British government & Maori chiefs to stabilise the region and become the basis of the New Zealand constitution.

As such the Bay of Islands is considered to be the birthplace of New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation. You'll also see how Maori culture and lifestyle have adapted to modern times.

The Bay of Islands region has the finest maritime park in New Zealand with the 144 Islands and secluded bays.

There is an abundance of marine life, including the big marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. The maritime and historic park is the original cradle of European civilization and has fine examples of Maori culture.

Many people come to the Bay of Islands with marlin in mind. Zane Grey, the great American western writer and big game fisherman, pitched a tent and caught his first marlin here in 1926. He made sure the world heard about it! Today enthusiasts come from all over the globe in pursuit of marlin, broad bills and game sharks. You can take part in competitive tournaments or hire a boat for your own fishing trip.

The Bay with its pristine natural environment is the gathering place in the South Pacific  for overseas sailing yachts on world cruises, international sport fishermen, golfers and marine enthusiasts.

Wher ever you are in the Bay of Islands, there are plenty of recreational activities in the blue-green world of island and beach:

...........charter a yacht or launch,

...............dive or snorkel,

...paddle a sea kayak

............in and

..................out

.....................of the islands' nooks

.............................and crannies

.....................or swim

.............with the

..........................dolphins !!