240 kms north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands is an area of 26 islands that
scatters the bay.
Known for being the winterless north, the Bay
of Islands is known for the world famous Hole in the Rock, big game fishing,
diving, sailing to name a few of the many attractions and activities that are
available in the region.
The Bay of Islands was the first centre of early European
settlement in New Zealand, with Russell being the first capital
of New Zealand.
The main tourist town is Paihia, with other towns of Kerkeri and Russell located
Located in the Bay of Islands is Waitangi known
for the signing of the controversial Treaty of Waitangi between the Maori
people and the British Crown in 1840.