With 144 spectacular islets, the Bay of Islands is regarded as one of the most attractive holiday destinations in New Zealand. Positioned about 237 kilometres away from Auckland, these stunning islands are considered the best way to enjoy and explore a peaceful, romantic holiday in New Zealand complete with the best of natural beauty.
Facing the South Pacific, the Bay of Islands was first discovered by Captain James Cook, the famous English explorer. Soon after he discovered these magnificent islands and its secluded bays, the first English settlers in this part of the world arrived.
Receiving its name from Captain James Cook, the Bay of Islands is located approximately 4 hours away from Auckland. The entire journey from Auckland to the splendid Bay of Islands is extremely picturesque since it falls right along the northern coastal area. Waitangi which is situated close to the bay is where the important treaty was signed between the chiefs of the Maori and the British.
The bay is not only complete with scenic natural beauty but is also abundant with marine life such as whales, dolphins, big marlin, gannets, penguins and so much more. This tranquil part of New Zealand has also become a hub for overseas yachts sailing on world tours, those keen on marine life and golfers. With over 40 sites spread across the islands, the maritime and historic park is a great way to discover European as well as Maori culture and influence in the area. The main information desk of the maritime and historic park of the Bay of Islands is located in Russell.
Although most islands here are yet to be explored, there is no shortage of recreation, attractions and activities at the Bay of Islands. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as enthralling boat rides, fishing, diving, kayaking, scuba diving and much more.
The Bay of Islands offers its guests convenient and cosy accommodation from hotels and resorts, luxury boutique lodging, motels and apartments as well as holiday homes. For instance, travelers also have the option of staying at any of the fine Auckland hotels such as The Langham Auckland that offers easy access to explore New Zealand’s extraordinary Bay of Islands. This unparalleled Auckland hotel provides its guests luxurious and contemporary accommodation for an exceptionally memorable stay.