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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

"it!" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival
"it!" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival

When: Oct 3, 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 60 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Mind Body Spirit Festival Paihia
Mind Body Spirit Festival Paihia

When: Jul 11 to Jul 12, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Williams Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Paihia War Memorial & Community Hall, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Overnight Cruise in the Bay of Islands on The Rock
Overnight Cruise in the Bay of Islands on The Rock

When: Jul 4 to Aug 29, 04:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Bay of Islands Overnight Cruises, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Copthorne Bay of Islands 4-Course Golf Classic
Copthorne Bay of Islands 4-Course Golf Classic

When: Oct 5 to Oct 9, 09:30 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Fullers GreatSights Bay of Island Beast
Fullers GreatSights Bay of Island Beast

When: Aug 29, 11:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Road
Venue: Bay of Islands, Paihia, Northland

Jennian Homes Bay of Islands Run/Walk 2020
Jennian Homes Bay of Islands Run/Walk 2020

When: Oct 18, 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 60 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands

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