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Bay of Islands

Sailing, Diving, Dolphins ...


 

 

What's On in the Bay of Islands

 

BAY OF ISLANDS

 

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Events in the Bay of Islands
Hotels and Accommodation in the Bay of Islands

By Richard Moore

Dolphin Watch, Bay of Islands, NZ.If you love the ocean and enjoy pristine scenery then a visit to New Zealand would not be complete without a journey to the famed Bay of Islands.

Four-and-a-half hours drive north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands is the perfect place to enjoy water activities such as sailing, scuba diving and game fishing, as well as seeing historic towns like Russell - New Zealand's first capital - and Kerikeri, which is known for its arts and fresh produce.

Tourist central in the Bay of Islands is the pretty town of Paihia.

It is the hub for almost all of the water activities in the area, as well as the leaving point for buses heading further north.

From Paihia you can take a day trip to 90 Mile Beach, visit Cape Reinga the northernmost tip of New Zealand, cruise among the 144 islands or, in the case of the Hole in the Rock, through one.

Take in the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands on the Cape Brett and Hole in the Rock cruise, or the more leisurely Cream Trip.

An even more sedate journey is on the beautiful Tall Ship R Tucker Thompson. We have done the voyage on her twice and have loved each one. The first was on a day with no wind and so we motored around the Bay of Islands, while the second trip had strong winds enabling the old girl to really crank up the knots.

You will leave from either Paihia or Russell and get the chance to take photographs of landmarks such as Black Rocks, Urupukapuka Island, Roberton Island (Motuarohia Island) and marine life such as dolphins and seals.

Just added to the choice of cruises is the scenic cruise out of Russell.

Another leisurely way to see ther sights is the four-hour Discovery Tour. Explore islands, Maori heritage sites and golden beaches on this half-day cruise around the Bay of Islands from Paihia.

If you want to get hands-on with nature then take the time to take boat trips out into the Bay of Islands - with Dolphin Cruise or Dolphin Discovery, don a wetsuit, put on flippers and a diving mask and hop overboard to swim with the dolphins.

Rainbow FallsJust out of Kerikeri is the oldest stone structure in New Zealand - the Kerikeri Stone Store - and you can also visit the nearby Rainbow Falls, which are 27 metres high.

About 30 kilometres north of Kerikeri is the resting place of the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace flagship that was sunk by French agents.

It is off the stunning Matauri Bay where you can experience superb diving, great surfing and an unbelievable place to camp.

 

 

 

 

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