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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.

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Best known for

untouched golden beaches

Did you know

the Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840

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events

SIX60 Saturdays
SIX60 Saturdays

When: Jan 16, 05:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1 Tau Henare Drive, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Waitangi Sports Grounds, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Otehei Bay New Years Eve Party
Otehei Bay New Years Eve Party

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 05:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Corner of Williams and Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Otehei Bay, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Paihia Christmas Parade
Paihia Christmas Parade

When: Dec 4, 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: Williams Rd
Venue: Paihia, Paihia, Northland

The Feelers - Summer Tour 2021
The Feelers - Summer Tour 2021

When: Feb 6, 07:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Zane Greys On the Dock, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Musicians Night
Musicians Night

When: Nov 1 to Dec 27, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 342 Puketona Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Twin Pines Manor, Paihia, Bay of Islands

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

When: Nov 6, 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 60 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Village Green, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Overnight Cruise in the Bay of Islands - Rock the Boat
Overnight Cruise in the Bay of Islands - Rock the Boat

When: Oct 20 to Dec 11, 05:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Fun Day Out On Spirit of New Zealand in the Bay of Islands
Fun Day Out On Spirit of New Zealand in the Bay of Islands

When: Jan 6, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 28 Baffin Street, Opua, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Opua Marina, Paihia, Bay of Islands

The Extravaganza Fair
The Extravaganza Fair

When: Jan 23 to Jan 24, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Waitangi Marae, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Rock the Boat - Day Cruise in the Bay of Islands
Rock the Boat - Day Cruise in the Bay of Islands

When: Oct 21 to Dec 11, 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands

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