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Introduction

The sun-filled Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's top tourist draws, an area of beautiful sandy beaches and calm waters ideal for sailing and swimming.

Many base themselves in or close to Paihia, the main town, or in the nearby township of Russell, where whalers, merchants and escaped convicts once gathered.

Today, it's far more genteel, a place to wander around historic buildings or take a dolphin-watching cruise out at sea. Nearby are the orange, kiwi fruit and avocado orchards of Kerikeri, as well as wineries, craft shops and plenty of outdoor cafes.

Another local highlight is the Treaty House at Waitangi, near Paihia. This marks the site at which representatives of the Crown and a number of Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 02 February 1840. The fact that not all Maori tribes signed the treaty ensures that it remains a contentious topic even now.

A Maori war canoe and a carved meeting house can both be seen on the estate, and Maori performances take place several times each day.

Top itineraries in Bay of Islands

Best of the North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,330 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Designed to showcase the best of New Zealand's North Island, this self-drive brings begins with Auckland and the Bay of Islands before dipping south past Coromandel's golden beaches and volcanic Rotorua. Then, via lakeside Taupo and the vineyards of Hawke's Bay, you'll end with a stay in Wellington.

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,355 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Discover the Bay of Islands, Coromandel and Rotorua on the North Island and Kaikoura, Fox Glacier and Fiordland on the South Island at your own pace, with the chance to sample a full range of off-the-beaten track adventures and excursions.

New Zealand Getaway

19-day escorted tour from £4,095 pp incl. flights

This New Zealand Getaway, Travelmarvel by APT escorted tour offers great value and is ideal for those looking to see all the highlights of New Zealand in the company of others, with expert guides and a comfortable hotel at the end of your action-packed days.

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Top places to stay in Bay of Islands

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay

Designer lodge

Set amid 6,000 acres of pristine coastal landscape near Matauri Bay in New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands around 160 miles north of Auckland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs enjoys a location unlike any other.

Tiki Tiki Ora, Bay of Islands

Small & intimate b&b

This family owned hideaway features stunning views out towards the Bay of Islands and plenty of individual touches throughout.

The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands

Traditional lodge

Whether it’s the innovative design, picturesque nature reserve setting or indulgent dining options, this is eco-friendly style at its best.

Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands

Contemporary hotel

‘World’s Leading Boutique Villa Resort’ three years running in the World Travel Awards and winner of the ‘World’s Best Luxury Coastal Hotel’ in the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards, this is the Bay of Islands at its most luxurious.

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