Bay of Islands with its warm climate and water based
activities is a popular destination for New Zealand
holiday makers and international tourist. Water based
activities include scenic cruises, sea kayaking, world
class fishing and diving, and swimming with dolphins.
towns of the Bay of Island are Paihia, Waitangi,
Russell, and Kerikeri. There is a broad range of accommodation
in the Bay of Island, as well as attractions and activities,
places to eat, and entertainment for all ages.
tourist centre of the Bay of Islands is Paihia.
From here visitors can join sightseeing tours and many
of the areas hotels and restaurants are all situated
of Islands Attractions
in the Rock/Cape Brett -
this cruise takes you to the world famous natural
wonder, the 'hole in the rock' where your captain
navigates the boat right through it with only inches to
spare. Also Cape Brett Lighthouse.
Fullers Great Sights -
A visit to New
Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very
top of the
North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover
the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that
is rich in Maori culture and tradition
Explore NZ is a multi-award
winning company offering excursions in Auckland and the
Bay of Islands, New Zealand. In Auckland race an
original America’s Cup yacht, see whales and dolphins
all year around in the Hauraki Gulf or sit back, relax
and enjoy a Pride of Auckland sailing and dining
experience. In the Bay of Islands swim with dolphins,
cruise to the must see ‘Hole in the Rock’, sail on New
Zealand’s famous oceangoing 80ft maxi yacht Lion New
Zealand, discover the majestic Far North off-road
including Cape Reinga or relax at Otehei Bay on
Take an exhilarating
1˝ hour trip through the Bay of Islands on Mack Attack
the fastest, most spectacular way to see the famous Hole
in the Rock.
is often refered to as the "jewel of the Bay of
Islands". It was the first centre of European settlement
in New Zealand.
The town is a good starting point for the many and
varied trips and adventures that are available in the
Bay. Wheither you like extreme adventure, more sedate,
or something in between, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Interest in Paihia
Reserve and Treaty House -
very heart of New Zealand history. Visit the Treaty
House, the famous Maori War Canoe and see the
Sound/Light display in the Meeting House. The Treaty
House is one of New Zealand's oldest and most visited
Haruru Falls - is located approximately 3 kms from
Paihia, or if you'r feeling energetic it is a 2.5
hour walk on a track from Waitangi. It was New
Zealands first river port, being the original
landing site of European traders in the early
1800's. Today, Haruru Falls is a very popular
holiday spot with many tourist coming to see the
horse-shoe shaped falls, a cofigeration shared only
by the Niagera Falls.
small, quite, historic town was the first capital of New
Zealand and is full of charm with cafes, museums and
craft shops lining the waterfront. Today it is hard to
imagine that is was once known as "the hell hole of
the Pacific", and was a popular port with the crews
of the many whalers and traders came down into the
Travel by ferry from Paihia.
Interest in Russell
House - New Zealand's first Catholic mission now
restored to a working tannery and printing factory
- Christ Church
- New Zealand's oldest church still boasting bullet
holes in the walls, fascinating old graveyard
- Museum -
recently refurbished featuring many relics from the
towns colourful past.
Hill and Lookout - the site of Hone Heke's repeated
felling of the flagstaff between 1844 and 1846.
Fantastic views of the bay.
Russell Booking and Information Centre - Come
and see us at the end of the Russell wharf for
bookings, friendly advice and local information.
2013 Birdman was a
success!!! Thank you!
Russell Birdman Festival is over for another year and it
was a resounding success!! This is with many thanks to
your kind donation. The National coverage has been
phenomenal with several articles in the NZ Herald
coverage on Radio New Zealand and Eventfinder covering
at least 135,000 people nationwide. Reports are that
double the ‘usual’ amount travelled on the passenger
ferries with the 3 day Multi Pass encouraging several
visits. Many community organisations benefitted from the
extra foot traffic supplying food for the hungry! The
benefits for the region were felt on the weekend itself
, with many visitors coming from out of the region with
many passing comment that the Russell Birdman Festival
will become an annual ‘pilgrimage’! A family from
Auckland won the fishing trips!
THE BIRDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
famous for its lighthouse and the point where the blue
Pacific Ocean meets the deep green of the Tasman Sea. It
is fascinating to watch the meeting of these two vast
oceans. On the way stop at mighty Ninety Mile Beach for
some stunning views.