Bay of Islands Regional Information
The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's best loved holiday destinations. Explore a bounty of marine life such as whales, penguins and dolphins in the Bay of Islands. View Bay of Islands scenic video.
Bay of Islands Overview
Located 60 kilometres north-west of Whangarei, the bay is a natural harbour with an irregular 16 kilometre wide inlet. Several sections of the bay extend into the land, notably Waikare Inlet in the south and Kerikeri and Te Puna (Mangonui) inlets in the north-west.
The small town of Russell is located at the end of a short peninsula that extends into the bay from the south-east.
Several islands lie to the north of the Bay of Islands peninsula, including Urupukapuka Island to the east and Moturoa Island to the north. The Purerua Peninsula extends to the west of the bay, and Cape Brett Peninsula extends 10 kilometres into the Pacific Ocean at the eastern end of the bay.
Information cited from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_of_islands
Bay of Islands Highlights
The Bay of Islands is a stunningly beautiful length of sand and rock coastline that circles a sea pierced by 150 islands. Wherever you are in the Bay of Islands, it's impossible to escape the lure of the sea. Catch a ferry or charter boat and immerse yourself in the blue-green world of island and beach. Or paddle a sea kayak in and out of island nooks and crannies.
Swimming with dolphins is another specialty of the Bay of Islands. Many operators in the region offer excellent trips to spectacular Cape Brett and the 'Hole in the Rock' on Piercy Island.
The townships of this historical bay are alive with memories of the area's colourful history. Visitors are welcome to explore the well-preserved relics of the past, both Māori and European, in romantic Russell, Paihia, Waitangi or Kerikeri.
Main Centres of the Bay of Islands
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Bay of Islands Region Information
Key information and facts about the Bay of Islands region.
Major activities and attractions in the Bay of Islands region.