The stunning region made up of 144 islands in the marine life. It takes three hours to travel from Auckland North by road. It gives a feel like a world away from robotic city life. The Northland journey gives a beautiful lush countryside, golden sandy beaches to the waterfront township of Paihia (main tourist town) and rural towns. Northland is the birthplace of New Zealand and it is a belief that the first Māori voyager arrived on its shores 1000 years ago. Bay of Islands Maritime Park is the New Zealand’s best place and offers world famous diving, snorkeling with an array of wildlife including whales, penguins, sea life etc., Kerikeri, Paihia, and Russell are the prime centers of Bay of Islands. Waitangi is a small town with historic monuments and it is the most important historic sites in New Zealand.
Top visiting places in Bay of Islands
It is a precious place of the magnificent Bay of Islands. Shimmering safe waters, beaches in Paihia are the good places of experience. Relaxed walking along clean beaches, guided tour through historical sites, fishing are the enjoying activities. If you go for adventurous activities, then skydiving, parasailing, kayaking, scuba diving are the best choices. It encompasses friendly people, happy cafes. Paihia is an apt place for swimming with dolphins, taking a therapy, lounging under a tree.
Opua is the port to the people who arrive in Bay of Islands by Seaway. It contains live-yachts, ferries, launches for traveling. On the dock, a number of charter companies offer yachts in which you can sail yourself. A new 240 berth marina is available with the friendly yacht club, extensive marine services. You can catch here the car ferry if you want to drive to Russell.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds:
It has been really a historic site of New Zealand where both Maori and European signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Among the vast serene estate, the Treaty house is present that includes a fully carved Maori Meeting House, one of the largest Maori War Canoes and a Visitor Centre and Gallery. If you are interested to know the country’s history, then do not miss out to watch the ancient estate. The Waitangi Golf Course is in a wonderful ocean view. You might take a trek through to Haruru Falls to know more about the mangrove forests and join a guided kayak tour.
The Bay of Islands Maritime Park is a shining blue swath of warm coastal water, home to whales and dolphins and scattered with 144 islands. It extends from Whangaruru in the south to Whangaroa in the north. For the sub-tropical watery playground, travelers come here from Auckland. Boat trips, kayaking tours, cruises depart from the Islands base town of Russell and Paihia offers plenty of chances to spot sea life. Cape Brett and its lonely lighthouse, sailing through the bay’s famed Hole in the Rock formation, and visiting Urupukapuka Island are the main attractions of Maritime Park.
Kororareka is its original name, a picturesque town, founded in 1843 as a whaling station. The early foundation of the town paves to contain some of the popular historic buildings. Christ Church (1835) is the New Zealand’s ancient church and Old Customs House (now the town’s police station) was built in 1870. Russell Museum occupies the space on the former Maori pa (fortified village).
Pompallier Mission, Giant Kauri Trees of the Waipoua Forest, Glow Worms of the Kawiti Caves, Cape Reinga at the Northern Tip of New Zealand, Ninety Mile Beach, Kerikeri, Kororipo Pa are the other popular spots to see in Bay of Islands.
Rainfall & Temperature
Here in Bay of Islands, the summer temperature is an average of 24°C and winter temperature is 16°C. Rain will be severe during June, July, and August with an average of 16 days rain followed by 11 days of rain in spring (Sep – Nov) and autumn (Mar – May). On the basis of four seasons the Island’s weather changes.
Tourists need not worry about food and accommodation in Bay of Islands. There are numerous lodges, hotels, resorts are available. Select the right season according to your purpose of visit and search any kind of accommodation as per your convenience.