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The Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region north of Auckland known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it’s paradise. Embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area when you join a daily cruise, charter a yacht or take to the air in a helicopter. Enter a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more.

The Bay of Islands is also home to several historical attractions such as the Mission House and the Waitangi Treaty grounds, where the treaty that made New Zealand part of the British colony was signed – the birthplace of the nation.

Hole in the Rock

A popular activity is taking a dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, and for good reason! Enjoy stunning views as you glide through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula. See the historic lighthouse at Cape Brett that keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. If conditions permit, your skipper will take the boat right through the hole! You’ll also spend some time on the island of the day