Bay Of Islands, New Zealand


Bay Of Islands, New Zealand Overview

The Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand. It combines great fishing, diving, sailing and other watersports with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites. One of the most popular attractions is the Hole in the Rock, off Cape Brett. You can take a boating trip through the hole in a huge rock outcrop. Also popular are dolphin swimming and diving trips to the sunken Rainbow Warrior wreck.

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Private Bay of Islands Highlights with Wine Tasting

Private Bay of Islands Highlights with Wine TastingThe Bay of Islands draws thousands of visitors ea...

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Highlights and Glow Worm Caves

Highlights and Glow Worm CavesBegin your exciting day directly at the Waitangi Wharf after you have...

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Russell Panoramic Tour

Russell Panoramic TourThis energetic adventure through the laid back Bay of Islands (Paihia) showcas...

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Private Bay of Islands Highlights

Private Bay of Islands HighlightsNew Zealand's Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region of almos...

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by haybrocor

Bay of Islands was lovely, despite bad weather. We walked to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and paid $40.00 per adult entry fee. The children were free. We saw the Maori traditional dance and song performance. It was very entertaining. After touring the grounds, we caught the shuttle into Pahia and then the Ferry over to Russell. We had lunch at the pub and then caught the Ferry back to tour the markets and souvenir shops. We found transport to be very reliable and well planned in Bay of Islands. It's very easy to do you own thing here with free shuttles etc.

Visited: Nov 07, 2017

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by Kennicott

Although our segment involved mostly sea days, the shore excursions we did take were good, typically we never go the independent route on shore excursions but use those provided by the cruise line. One in particular illustrates how Princess stands out here----"We were confused about meet times one morning at the Bay of Islands, so when we showed up for our muster time they told us our excursion had already left. Anyway, bummer, but then, the shore rep said you can get on "this one" if you want instead, which was leaving just then. We took it. We were supposed to be on a rain forest type hike and glow worm cave visit, which we were regretting due to all the rain. As it turned out, the alternative was much better and dryer, plus the one we were to be on they didn't even get into the caves as they flooded and during the rain forest hike portion everybody got soaked. Mistakes sometimes turn out for the better.

Visited: Jan 22, 2018

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by SeaNSun628

These are 140 islands and words don't describe how beautiful this area is. The island are easy to move around. I highly recommend to skip the excursions to Russell via Oceania, the ferry is cheaper and very efficient. Also, skip the lunch cruise around the island, it is not worth it, wasted money.

Visited: Nov 19, 2017

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by RoyTrish

Loved this visit. Took a tour of Paihia & had booked a Kerkeri Discovery tour but as we had to be back on board by 3pm we couldn't do this tour. Would love to have taken more time to actually cruise a bit more of the Bay of Islands. Weather was perfect.

Visited: Mar 04, 2018

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by FoxtonFizz

Yes, Yes, Yes. What a wonderful place, The Treaty Grounds the birth place of New Zealand is well worth a visit. Number one excursion is the ferry ride to Russell a magic little town that will make you have an outstanding day.

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