Explore the Bay of Islands

Just a short drive away from the town centre of Whangarei, you’ll come across the Bay of Islands. This stunning part ofNewZealand is home to some incredible natural wonders, and with more than 140 islands scattered about the archipelago, you’ll have plenty to explore.

Where to explore

Bask in the beauty of the Bay of Islands as you enjoy a leisurely yacht ride around the islands; view marine life such as whales, dolphins, seals and penguins; or take to a kayak for an all-stops adventure on the high seas.

The Waipoua Forest is also a must-visit on your Bay of Islands trip. Home to the world’s largest Kauri tree, Tane Mahuta is rumoured to be 2,000 years old and is a whopping 51 metres high. Discover the Māori legends around these gigantic trees – and take a photo if you can fit it in the frame.

When to visit

Boasting a temperate sub-tropical climate, the Bay of Islands area is great to visit at any time of year. Winter can be a little cold, but this time of year offers superb opportunities for skiing in the surrounding mountain ranges. In summer, you’ll be treated to sunshine and the brilliant blue waters the region is famous for.

Getting there

From Whangarei, the Bay of Islands is a one-and-a-half-hour drive. The time spent in the car will fly by as you experience stunning coastal scenery and national parks.