With its warm azure waters, golden beaches and some of the bluest skies on the planet, Bay of Islands is a magnet for the holiday-deprived. Some 150 isles, many still secluded, and a handful of coastal towns make up New Zealand's favourite holiday haven. Waitangi is your historic hotbed imbued with Maori myth and legends. Then there's Russell, the tranquil fishing town, Kerikeri with its wineries and orchards, and pretty Paihia, with its semi-central location – the perfect jumping-off point to everything the beautiful Bay of Islands has to offer.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
If swimming alongside dolphins or trawling for the catch of the day isn't thrilling enough, take a powerboat through The Hole in The Rock. This natural passageway was crafted by salt, surf and wind. The opening is around 73-m (240-ft) wide, but from a distance it looks really tiny. So hold on tight! Sneaking through it at turbo speed is an exhilarating experience to say the least!
Black Marlin? Blue Marlin? Striped Marlin? This anglers' paradise is home to some of the best game fishing on the planet, with many world records to prove it. Cast out a line and who knows what you'll reel in! And you may need to put some muscle behind it. Some of those feisty fish can weigh over 93 kg (250 lbs)!
Pottery, paintings and carvings crafted from greenstone are just a few of the handmade pieces to pine for along the Kerikeri Art and Craft Trail. You'll even find artisan cheese and, better still, chocolate! Bring a full wallet, and your sweet tooth!
New Zealand vintages are all the rage, so don't miss the chance to sample Northland's world-class wines. Tours and tastings are available throughout most of the area's magnificent vineyards. And the region's warm weather makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay the three most popular contenders.
Currency used in the Bay of Islands is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). Credit cards are widely accepted and cash machines are everywhere. Bureaux de change are widely available so don't expect any real trouble converting currency or traveller's cheques, but do shop around for the best rates.
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