Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
Elliot Bay, Bay of Islands
Kerikeri waterfall, Bay of Islands
Waewaetoria Passage, Bay of Islands
Aerial view of the Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands holidays - Idyllic, serene and luscious

Idyllic, beautiful and home to some of the best beaches in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is a subtropical haven of ancient kauri forests, stunning coastlines and secluded coves that are perfect for exploring. A stunning example of New Zealand's diverse landscape, it's a fantastic contrast to the more rugged scenery found elsewhere in the country.

An area steeped in natural beauty and rich heritage

The idyllic landscape of New Zealand’s northern region stretches from Auckland to the furthest reach of the country. A subtropical paradise of myriad beaches, ancient kauri forests and behemoth trees, this is somewhere truly special.  Often overlooked in favour of more commonly mentioned names, Northland’s coastline is an aquatic haven of adventure and relaxation, in equal measure.

Enriched by traditional Maori culture, this region hosts a number of dining, shopping and entertainment options which all have their roots firmly in their heritage.

Whether you choose from swim with dolphins, drive along Ninety Mile Beach or explore the natural harbour of Tutukaka, this urbane area is a captivating and colourful part of New Zealand’s landscape.

Why visit the Bay of Islands?

  • The beaches are some of the most breath-taking in the world, and incredibly varied – from varying shades or sands, to secluded, vibrant, vast and small, there’s a coastline to suit your mood.
  • This part of the country is quite sophisticated and tranquil, so it’s perfect for relaxed holidays where you can really take in your surroundings.
  • The distinctive culture and heritage is great for delving into if you really want to get to know New Zealand better
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