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Cruises Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands is a group of subtropical islands, located next to the North Island of New Zealand. The region is famous for its pristine natural beauty and fascinating history.

Bay of Islands is home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds – the place where New Zealand’s colonization history began in 1840 and the town of Russell, where the British first settled permanently.

The region is one of the most popular holiday destinations for the locals as well as people from all over the world.

The Best Time to Cruise to the Bay of Islands

Spring and Summer are the perfect seasons to book your cruise holiday to the Bay of Islands for. There are several reasons for that:

  • Spring is when the flowers start blooming, filling the landscapes with magical colours
  • Temperatures are comfortable during both seasons, with an average high of around 25℃ in the Summer and 19℃ in the Spring
  • There is a lot of sunshine during the days, making it perfect for exploring and getting to know the islands

Things to Do in the Bay of Islands

Whether you are into visiting sights, relaxing on the beach or being active and exploring nature, Bay of Islands has something to offer. Check out these options:

  • The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a must-visit, it is the country’s most important historic sight. You’ll learn all about the start of New Zealand’s colonization and enjoy a beautiful cultural performance.
  • Visit the Kerikeri Missions Station that includes the two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings, one – Stone Store with its museum and shop, the other – Kemp House, a wooden house built by the missionaries in 1822.
  • If you are looking for unique souvenirs, pop into the Little Black Gallery for jewellery, art and gifts.
  • Some of the Bay of Islands’ most exciting activities are on the water, be it kayaking, fishing, yachting or diving, it will be an experience you won’t forget. You’ll be meeting and greeting penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and other spectacular wildlife.

Top Cruise Lines

Being one of the most popular cruise destinations, Bay of Islands is featured in thousands of itineraries, departing from around the world. Heaps of them will depart from a home port near you: