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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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A trip on YHA Bay of Islands, The Rock!

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events

Colour Bonanza Paihia Colour Run
Colour Bonanza Paihia Colour Run

When: Mar 16, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Horotutu Park, Paihia, Bay of Islands

The Sundown Sessions Summer 2019 - Live Vinyl DJ
The Sundown Sessions Summer 2019 - Live Vinyl DJ

When: Jan 5 to Feb 23, 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Open Mic - Jam Night
Open Mic - Jam Night

When: Jan 6 to Mar 3, 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands
Overnight Cruising In the Bay of Islands

When: Oct 1 to Mar 30, 05:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands

The Feelers
The Feelers

When: Mar 9, 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Zane Greys On the Dock, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Day Cruise In the Bay of Islands
Day Cruise In the Bay of Islands

When: Oct 2 to Mar 31, 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia, Bay of Islands

The Frank Burkitt Band
The Frank Burkitt Band

When: Mar 9, 08:30 PM to 11:59 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

NZ SUP Race and Sprint Championships
NZ SUP Race and Sprint Championships

When: Apr 13 to Apr 14, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 21 Tahuna Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Waitangi Holiday Park, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Reireis School of Reggae
Reireis School of Reggae

When: Jan 3 to Mar 7, 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 16, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Venue: Thirty30, Paihia, Bay of Islands

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