The Bay of Islands has a strong kiwi history as the birthplace of the modern New Zealand. Waitangi is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. The small but beautiful treaty grounds are only about 2km from the town of Paiha. Paiha is one of the major tourist destinations in the Bay of Island area.
Paiha has a beautiful beach and a real holiday atmosphere. It is as much a popular tourist destination for locals, along with international visitors. From Paiha it is only a short ferry trip to the Island of Russel.
The region of the Bay of Islands consists of 144 different islands. They’re all different shapes and sizes and all have their own unique style. Many are conservation areas so are virtually untouched by humans.
If you want to go and explore the Islands, then there are a range of different options to cater for all tastes. If you want to be active, there are snorkel and SCUBA diving tours leaving daily. If you want something a little more relaxing, then a tour to the ‘Blow hole’ is and great way to see the area, and maybe see some of the local wildlife, the dolphins.
If you want to say on land, then a trip up to the northern tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. It is where the waters of the Pacific and Tasman collide. The area is full of Maori history and legends and in particular the Cape Reinga area.
If you want to experience the true beauty of New Zealand, then the Bay of Islands is an essential place to visit.
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Bay of Islands is an area of 140 islands around the North Island of New Zealand.