Our wide range of Bay of Islands accommodation lets you enjoy this marine destination has to offer. The Bay of Islands is situated 3 hours north of Auckland. Boasting a spectacular Maritime Park, it is also New Zealand’s largest base for Big Game Fishing. Discovered by Captain Cook in 1769 it has an abundance of historical significance for both Maori and European, as this was the first area of European settlement in New Zealand.
Our Bay of Islands hotels allow you to explore the many scenic destinations in the area. Paihia is a great starting point to see the rest of the Bay of Islands. With its many restaurants, bars, clubs and variety of accommodation to cater for every traveller. Adjoining Paihia is Waitangi, the site of the historical signing of the 6 February 1840 Treaty which played an important part in New Zealand's history.
Across the water (by ferry) is historic Russell, home to the countries oldest standing wooden church still in use and hotel with the oldest liquor licence in New Zealand. Okiato Point, Russell Peninsula (by car ferry) is New Zealand’s first capital.
Stay in our Bay of Islands accommodation and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Bay. The 'Black Rocks' are volcanic formations unique to the Bay and host to many bird colonies and abundant marine life. The maritime park is a natural wonderland with Whales, Dolphins, Penguins, Gannets, Seals and many other species. It boasts the largest fleet of charter fishing boats in New Zealand catering for all classes from light tackle for Snapper, Kingfish and Kahawai to Big Game Fishing for Striped, Blue and Black Marlin, Tuna and Sharks, which makes it one of the most exciting fishing destinations in the world with many world record fish caught in these waters.
A famous American western novelist, Zane Grey, author of "Anglers El Dorado" introduced the world to the Bay of Islands international marlin fishing.
Our wonderful array of Bay of Islands hotel accommodation lets you explore some of the other activities you can participate in jet boating, sky diving, cycle tours, parasailing, guided walks, sea kayaking, horse trekking, diving and one of the most popular, swimming with the dolphins in their own environment.
Our Bay of Islands accommodation is a great base from which to explore the top half of the North Island.