Bay of Islands

Big Game Fishing and Stunning Beaches

Located over 200 km north of Auckland on North Island lies the tropical haven of the Bay of Islands which, as the name suggests, is an archipelago of over 140 stunning islands. Skirting the edge of the northern tip of the island, the Bay of Islands is replete with stunning white-sand beaches, and perfect surfing and diving opportunities, making it one of New Zealand’s most visited destinations. It is also a world-renowned destination for big-game fishing and attracts sports fishermen from across the globe.

The Bay of Islands holds major historical significance in the nation’s story. Around 7 centuries ago, a seafaring canoe carrying the first of the Maori Ngāpuhi tribe arrived on the shores of the Bay of Islands, marking them as the first settlers of the area. The fabled Captain Cook followed soon after, marking the advent of European settlements as well.

Walking trails and seaside walkways give you sweeping vista views of the ocean and they even lead into densely forested areas where visitors can marvel at the majestic and ancient Kauri trees that are endemic to the region. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the region where the Waitangi Treaty, New Zealand’s founding document, was signed and also houses museums which showcase the rich and deeply held Maori customs and culture.