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Bay of Islands - the birthplace of the nation

The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s hottest holiday destinations, and not just for the sunshine that beats down on its golden beaches. This collection of 144 islands north of Auckland enjoys year-round warm weather that lures visitors to its deep blue waters, rich marine life and undeveloped strips of sand.

Home to a string of quaint colonial-era towns, the Bay of Islands also carries immense historical significance. Waitangi is where Māori chiefs and the British Crown signed the landmark Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, earning this area a reputation as the birthplace of the nation.

at a glance

Best known for

untouched golden beaches

Did you know

the Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840

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events

The Wonky Donkey
The Wonky Donkey

When: Apr 22, 10:30 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Easter Family Fun Day
Easter Family Fun Day

When: Apr 20, 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Where: Corner of Williams and Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Otehei Bay, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Paihia Natural Health & Mystic Fair
Paihia Natural Health & Mystic Fair

When: Apr 19 to Apr 21, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Williams Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Paihia War Memorial & Community Hall, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Bootleg Band
Bootleg Band

When: Feb 9 to Apr 20, 08:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Reireis School of Reggae
Reireis School of Reggae

When: Mar 21 to May 30, 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Open Mic - Jam Night
Open Mic - Jam Night

When: Mar 17 to May 5, 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Jennian Homes Paihia Mother's Day Run/Walk 2019
Jennian Homes Paihia Mother's Day Run/Walk 2019

When: May 12, 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: 60 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Music From Jam Sandwich (Duo)
Music From Jam Sandwich (Duo)

When: Apr 26, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Royal Riot Drag Queen Bingo
Royal Riot Drag Queen Bingo

When: Jan 23 to Apr 24, 08:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Comedy Hypnotist with Rob Young
Comedy Hypnotist with Rob Young

When: Apr 27, 07:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 1 Joyces Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Paihia Ex-Services Club , Paihia, Bay of Islands

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